Packers: Five breakout candidates for 2020 season

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Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander

Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

5. Jaire Alexander

Jaire Alexander has made a great start to his NFL career over the past two seasons. In 2020, he could make the jump from being one of the best young cornerbacks in the league to simply one of the best cornerbacks overall.

Alexander is well on his way. He made 17 pass defenses in 2019, tied for third-most in the NFL, while also coming away with two interceptions and a forced fumble. According to Pro Football Reference, Alexander allowed just 53.6 percent of passes to be completed in his coverage, an improvement from 64.8 percent in his rookie season.

In 2018, Alexander was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team, and this season was ranked 11th by Pro Football Focus among all cornerbacks following the regular season.

Alexander is up there with the best young cornerbacks in the league, but to take the next step, he’ll need to become more consistent. In some games, Alexander struggled in a big way, such as when matched up against Amari Cooper. Cooper had 11 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown. Not all of that was on Alexander, but he beat the Packers’ top corner on multiple occasions.

But he’s still a young player who continues to improve. He took a big step from year one to two. In his third season, Alexander could be a breakout star for the Packers.

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