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Bucs LB Kwon Alexander has a fan, mentor in Cowboys' Sean Lee



LAKE BUENA VISTA -- A year ago, when Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, he asked Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee if he could help Tampa Bay's Kwon Alexander in his development as a young linebacker.

The Cowboys' 30-year-old star got in contact with Alexander, and their communication helped in the Bucs linebacker's emergence in his second season, leading the NFL in solo tackles.

"When he came in as a rookie, you watched him on film and had instant respect for how he played, the intensity and the instincts," Lee said Friday after a practice as he prepared for Sunday's Pro Bowl in Orlando. "We were both talking football, just picking each other's brains. He plays the position the right way. It's good to have a relationship with someone like that, and it's been unbelievable to watch him play."

Lee said he remembers the veterans who helped him learn how to be a linebacker -- Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor at Penn State and guys like Bradie James and Keith Brooking with the Cowboys.

"From Year 1 to Year 2, we always try to take that jump, and you saw that jump with (Alexander), even changing defenses, he was unbelievable making plays," Lee said. "He gets to play with a great player in Lavonte (David), who was out here. He's a guy I was able to talk to and learn from him, because he's made plays for a long time."

[Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2017 9:35am]


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