Former LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander had a huge impact as a rookie for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, amassing the second-highest tackles total on the team (93) despite missing the final four games because of a performance-enhancing drug suspension.
The fourth-round pick told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he has learned from the situation.
“It was very tough, especially for me, how much I love football,” Alexander said, per the interview. “I made a mistake. Never happen again. That was my first mistake ever. It hurt me a lot. It put me back in my place. It made me focus a lot, and I just can’t wait to get back on the field and show y’all what I can do.”
The Buccaneers lost all four games that Alexander missed after going 4-2 in the final six games he played. Three of those four losses were by 8 or fewer points. You wonder if having Alexander would have made the difference in winning a few of those.
Tampa Bay is also dealing with a coaching change from Lovie Smith to Dirk Koetter, and that will change some things for Alexander and defensive teammates. Former Falcons coach Mike Smith is now the defensive coordinator.
“It’s going to be real different,” Alexander said, per the interview. “Under Lovie, we were basically a cover-2 team, Tampa-2. It’s real different, very multiple, and it’s just going to be a great defense. I can’t wait to get back on the field. We’re going to have a great year.”