In my tape study of Alonso, the things that stuck out to me, first and foremost, are his vision and athleticism. He belongs in that group of ‘new-school’ middle linebackers that Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys can run from sideline to sideline, drop into coverage with smoothness and balance, and still pack a punch as a tackler.
Alonso displayed quick play recognition/diagnosis, which allowed him to sneak through offensive lines and oncoming defenders to make plays in the backfield or in the flats. He showed a nice feel for zone coverage and an understanding of route concepts. You can see that he has the ability to drop back, keep one eye on the passer while determining quickly, based on personnel groupings and formations, where receivers were headed. He then settles into passing lanes to disrupt and pick off passes – this is a big part of why he had a three-game stretch with four picks early in the year.
For a guy with 81 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and four picks, it’s Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys not really easy to settle on a which plays are most worthy of highlighting, but the following four caught my eye in particular.
In Week 5 against the Browns, this play jumped off the screen because my first reaction was: how the hell did he manage to sneak through the line and past the lead blockers without even being touched?
The performance against the Lions was notable because the Vikings were able to hold a healthy Calvin Johnson to just four receptions for 37 yards, which is no small feat even if it meant other players getting open. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the outing was one of the last times Minnesota’s defensive backfield was relatively healthy. Safety Jamarca Sanford and cornerbacks Chris Cook and A.J. Jefferson have all spent extensive time on the injury report. Second-year safety Harrison Smith was having an impressive season before being placed on injured reserve (though designated for return) due to turf toe.