Redskins roster fringe stock report: Receivers rising in early stages
By Ian Cummings
Stock Falling – Redskins CB Adonis Alexander
While Robert Davis has undergone a rocket-like rise, Adonis Alexander, perhaps in a coinciding move, has seen his stock plummet since the start of training camp.
The Redskins drafted Alexander in the sixth round of the 2018 supplemental draft because of Alexander’s intriguing 6-foot-3, 196-pound frame. He got the selection in part because of his connections in Washington at the time; Former Hokies secondary coach Torrian Gray was the Redskins defensive backs coach at the time, and Greg Stroman and Tim Settle gave him
Alexander played in nine games in 2018, but in 2019, his roster spot seems less secure. He came into camp as the No. 6 or No. 7 cornerback on the roster, and now, after five camp sessions, he may have dropped down another spot.
With his lacking long-speed and acceleration, Alexander needs to have adept hand placement and mental quickness, to maximize his 6-foot-3 frame. Early on, Alexander’s hands have been inconsistent, he’s been bested on routes by receivers, and his lacking speed has been exposed further, as a result. He is primarily a zone cornerback, but that’s not an excuse for him to be a liability in man coverage. Unfortunately, that’s where he’s at right now.
Perhaps a move to safety would better utilize his traits (Of course, he doesn’t display the diagnosing ability or the consistent range to be effective there, either), but the team seems content on keeping him at cornerback, and letting him succeed or fail there.
As of now, success only grows more and more distant.