Inside The Bills

Why Alexander got a rest day

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2016 – 4:01 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan has given rest days to veteran players before. Kyle Williams, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, Jerry Hughes. They’ve all been told to take an extra day on Wednesday to let their bodies recover. No veteran player earned a rest day Wednesday more than Alexander this past week.

That’s because no one played more snaps than Alexander in the loss to Miami. The veteran pass rusher played an astounding 86 snaps last week, logging 64 on defense and 22 on special teams. Only Preston Brown and Corey Graham came close to Alexander’s time on the field with 84 and 81 snaps.

“They’re just doing a good job of taking care of me, don’t want to be dumb-tough, as I like to call it,” Alexander said. “I mean I could get out there and practice today but after having so many reps, especially on special teams as well, just want to make sure that I’m fresh for this game this weekend.”

Alexander confirmed that the coaches told him to sit Wednesday. He didn’t ask for it.

“If I went to the coaches and asked they’d probably (let me have a day off),” said Alexander. “I’m cut from the old cloth. I’ve been undrafted in this league, so I’ve always had the mentality that I need to be out there. So when it comes from the top down I’m going to take it just because I want to be smart rather than going out there and showing everybody I can get through it. It’s all about being fresh for Sundays.”

Alexander leads the league in sacks and is second in forced fumbles with three so far this season.


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