After a long wait, former New Orleans Saints linebacker Kwon Alexander has found a home for the 2022 season. Should the Saints have signed him as a depth piece?
For the past year and a half, former LSU product Kwon Alexander has been a really solid piece in the New Orleans Saints defense. NOLA traded for Alexander midway through the 2020 season and despite only playing in a few games before getting injured, he made a nice impact during his limited time.
The Saints were so impressed with Alexander that season that they re-signed him last offseason and were happy to have him back for another year.
Alexander is a prime example of why PFF grades don’t tell the whole story. PFF gave Alexander a rough grade of 53.9 for the 2021 season and while that’s not a favorable grade, he was better than this score indicates.
Saints should have signed Kwon Alexander while they had the chance
New Orleans obviously feels comfortable with their linebacker depth heading into the season but a lot of that hinges on the health of Pete Werner, who hasn’t been participating in practices so far. Werner has been there working off to the side but there’s a lot riding on the second-year product out of Ohio State. He’s expected to make the same strong impact he did with Demario Davis a year ago and probably played a big factor in the team not feeling the need to bring Alexander back.
Alexander has always battled injuries throughout his career and that’s another reason the team might have steered clear. Even with that being the case, he did appear in 12 od 17 games last year and was a really good depth piece for the team. Not having him means that Kaden Elliss, Zack Baun, and rookie D’Marco Jackson need to be ready to fill that role.
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I’m bummed that New Orleans didn’t re-sign Kwon Alexander and feel that they’ll regret it. Hopefully, the defense keeps on trucking without him.