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Cheese Curds, 8/12: Jaire Alexander’s star is still on the ascent

The Packers’ young corner is looking to become the league’s best at his position in year three.

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Let’s face it: Jaire Alexander has never lacked confidence in himself. The Green Bay Packers cornerback plays with an edge and a swagger that fans of the team have not seen in years, and his play has largely backed it up.

Although Alexander has been beaten on occasion, he consistently makes plays on the ball, finishing among the league leaders in pass breakups a year ago. He also shows up regularly on highlight reels, whether for his tenacious tackling, stripping out the football, or something equally impressive.

As he heads into his third season, Alexander is looking for more. He also has a new position coach this year, someone who also played the same position at a high level for years and whose approach to the game seems to be connecting with his star pupil. So if Jaire’s trajectory stays on track, he’ll be competing for Defensive Player of the Year awards in no time.

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Alexander is also excited about learning from his new position coach, a longtime veteran assistant and a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback in his own right. So far it appears that Gray's approach and style is meshing well with the players in his room.

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