The Redskins could really use a big offseason of growth for Adonis Alexander, but on Wednesday, that wasn't happening. Alexander sat out the minicamp session, instead, working the sidelines with coaches.
Washington coach Jay Gruden revealed that Alexander was dealing with a bit of a groin injury and the team decided to sit him out. In June, at minicamp, an abundance of caution is the right move.
But with Alexander, it would be great if the progress started to come quick. The second-year pro out of Virginia Tech has every physical tool to be a dominant cornerback in the NFL, but he needs to learn the position. At 6-foot-3 and 207 lbs., Alexander has the size to play press coverage and the speed to react.
Still, last year Washington got next to nothing from the rookie. He played in just nine games and made four tackles, as he dealt with injuries and lost snaps to Greg Stroman and Danny Johnson. So far this summer, Alexander has looked behind Stroman and rookie Jimmy Moreland, and well behind veterans like Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and even free agent signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
The Redskins rolled the dice to take Alexander, albeit a minor gamble, by taking him in the sixth round of the 2018 Supplemental Draft after his college career in Blacksburg came to an unceremonious early end. There have been zero off-field issues with Alexander as a Redskin, he's been a solid citizen.
At some point though the team wants to see his potential show on the field. Missing minicamp isn't a big deal in a bubble, but after a mostly silent rookie year, and other cornerbacks showing their ability and their durability, training camp will be important for Alexander.
Norman, Dunbar and Moreau are roster locks. After that, there will be serious competition. Alexander better be ready because Stroman, Moreland and Rodgers-Cromartie have shown they are.
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