GREEN BAY - Jaire Alexander doesn’t mind getting schooled occasionally, just don’t try to get details from him about it.
The Green Bay Packers first-round pick was on the losing end of a circus throw and catch between Aaron Rodgers and Geronimo Allison on the final play of a two-minute drill during training camp Thursday.
Allison jumped high over Alexander and hauled in Rodgers’ heave for a 26-yard touchdown catch.
“Threw it on who? Me? Me?” Alexander told a group of reporters at his locker.
Pretty sure it was you.
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“I can’t recall.”
You know, the final play of the two-minute drill?
“Mmmm, I’m not sure. I forgot.”
It turned out Alexander was just having some fun with reporters.
But when he finally got around to talking about the play, he admitted it was a great learning experience.
The offense had the ball on fourth-and-10 at the 26-yard line with six seconds remaining. Rodgers drew linebacker Vince Biegel offside with a hard count, then scrambled to his left and threw a no-look pass to the opposite side of the field, faking out Alexander and putting Allison in position to leap for the ball.
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“He’s not normal,” Allison said. “He’s human, I understand that. But he’s special, and he makes people around him special. And when he does stuff like that, it’s only right on our part that we make that play and finish that play.”
Alexander, who drifted to the side of the field in which Rodgers was scrambling, never expected a no-look pass to his side. He definitely will next time.
“That’s the thing, that was actually a big teaching tool for me that that happened,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it, at all. I’m glad it actually happened.”
Later, Alexander blew a coverage that allowed Randall Cobb to run down the seam wide open for a touchdown.
It’s all part of the process of learning sophisticated NFL offenses. In the past two days, Alexander has gotten more work with the No. 1 defense as the slot defender and is trying to soak it all in.
The coaches are giving him a chance to show he’s capable of playing the position because they need someone with his speed and athletic ability on the field.
“Honestly, any work is good work, but just being able to play in the slot and being able to show some versatility, that’s pretty cool,” he said. “That’s definitely something I want to do and something I need to keep working on.”
As for the interception he had earlier in the week against Rodgers, Alexander seemed to have instant recall.
“Oh yeah, I remember that,” he said.