Jaire Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the entire NFL and he was rewarded as such. On May 16th Jaire Alexander became the highest paid cornerback in NFL history. Jaire had some pretty big praise for rookie wide receiver Christian Watson. These types of comments are welcoming news for Packers fans and the team itself. There seems to be more pressure on these rookie wide receivers than ever before in Green Bay.
Jaire Alexander on Christian Watson:
“I’m going to make it as hard as I can for those guys because I know on Sunday it’s going to pay off. Iron sharpens iron,” Alexander said earlier this month, via Packers.com. “However I can help to make them better, I’m going to do that.”
Watson showed why he was a second-round pick during organized team activities, flashing his size, speed, and athleticism while competing with other young, unproven players. However, things quickly changed once the starters arrived for mandatory minicamp.
“Iron sharpens iron” is exactly what Davante Adams and Jaire Alexander were all those years in Green Bay. That torch has been passed to Christian Watson. That’s not to say that rookie wide receiver will be nearly as good as prime Davante Adams, however Watson is getting extremely valuable reps. Every time he lines up against Jaire Alexander, he is likely going up against the best cornerback he will face all season long. During a team period, Watson found himself one on one against Alexander. Quarterback Jordan Love lofted a deep back near the end-zone for Watson, but Alexander was in perfect position to break up the play.
Christian Watson’s Comments on Jaire Alexander
“It only makes me better,” Watson said via Packers.com. “He’ll tell me straight up exactly why he broke on my route, exactly which indicator I gave on the route, and I know if I get open then I know it was a great route for me.”
“It’s definitely a great experience to get to go up against him and him obviously coaching me up, even though I’m on the other side of the ball.”
At this point it is just all talk, but extremely positive talk, to say the least. Watson is certainly grateful to learn as much as he can from a veteran like Alexander. If it works as well as it has in the past in Green Bay, it may lead to an immediate impact on the field.