Stock down: Jaire Alexander
It’s hard to be too critical of Jaire Alexander because, let’s be clear, he’s had an outstanding season so far. And even in a disappointing performance this week, he still made a crucial interception early in the game. Alexander played well at points in this game, but he was beaten far too easily by Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper.
Alexander covered Cooper for a lot of the game.
In total (not just in Alexander’s coverage), Cooper finished the game with 11 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown.
Alexander did win his share of the battles against Cooper, including an excellent pass breakup, and he finished with a team-high three defended passes. But overall, Cooper was the clear winner in this battle between two very good players.
It’s a great sign that even in a game Alexander wasn’t at his best, he still made important plays.
It happens. Every cornerback gets beaten from time to time. Cooper is a great player; he’s second in the NFL in receiving with 512 yards and five touchdowns in five games.
For the Packers, this isn’t something to be worried about. Alexander is a future All-Pro and still made plays in this game. Sometimes you just have to give credit to a talented wide receiver. Being more consistent is the main goal for Alexander, and he’s already made huge improvements from last season.
Alexander will be an All-Pro in the near future, but this wasn’t a great game for the former first-round pick.