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Cheese Curds, 6/23: Jaire Alexander & Packers’ secondary look primed for a big year

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The third-year pro is emerging as the leader of the back end on the Packers’ defense.

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He has the swagger and the confidence. He has the speed and the innate athletic ability. And he has the drive to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

Jaire Alexander has all of that. And after a strong 2019 season, he looks poised for a bigger year in 2020, assuming that football happens.

It’s not just Alexander that projects as a big-time player in the Green Bay Packers’ secondary, however. With a roster stuffed with young talent and some veteran savvy to complement it, there are plenty of reasons to believe that this season will be a big one for the defensive back group. To make matters worse for opponents, that group should only help feed off the Packers’ vicious pass rush, and vice versa.

If football happens in the fall, it should be fun to see what the Packers put out on the field on the back end on defense.

Packers like what they’ve seen in Jaire Alexander this offseason |
Heading into his third year, Alexander looks to be on the precipice of a breakout. He dropped his passer rating against by 15 points from 2018 to 2019, broke up 17 passes, and had a few missed interception chances. He is every bit the budding star that the Packers hoped he would be when they drafted him early in 2018.

Packers secondary could take star turn in 2020 | Packers Wire
Along with Alexander, Kevin King and Darnell Savage are tremendous athletes with sky-high ceilings. And with Jerry Gray doing the teaching on the back end, these players have a great opportunity to make this secondary one of the NFL's best in 2020.

Good Morning! - Flip to Lacy, 2015 | Packer Report
This random play from week one of 2015 is easily forgotten, but it's a hilarious and fun watch.

From the GM’s Eye: Every team’s obvious and non-obvious questions for 2020 – The Athletic (subscription required)
Stopping the run is the Packers' big question. Getting big plays from Rodgers in the passing game is the "non-obvious" one, but it's obvious to anyone who read Peter Bukowski's piece here a few days ago.

Baby goats stolen from popular ice cream shop’s petting zoo |
What kind of monster would do a thing like this? Given his love of goat yoga, maybe Alexander will help track down the culprits.