Alexander will get a chance to win the starting nickel corner job after the departure of Captain Munnerlyn in free agency, head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station, according to ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities.
It's possible the Vikings could sign a conerback late in free agency to play nickel corner, but it looks like Alexander will get a shot at a regular role. Alexander played just 68 snaps last season, so it's a little surprising he'd be a prime candidate for the job. However, Zimmer has confidence in the 2016 second-round draft pick. Alexander was placed on injured reserve after an abdomen injury late last season, but it's not thought to be an issue as spring practices approach.
Alexander played in Week 15 despite an abdomen injury, and it's unclear at this time if it was that same ailment led to the IR designation. He's been little more than a special teams player, and his absence thus isn't expected to impact the team greatly.
Alexander (abdomen) is active Sunday against the Colts, Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.
Alexander appeared on the injury report Friday but still logged full participation in the session. The 23-year-old will resume his role as a contributor on special teams.
Alexander (abdomen) is questionable for Sunday's tilt with the Colts.
Alexander was absent from the injury report until Friday, but still logged full participation in Friday's practice session. The 23-year-old plays primarily on special teams, so his absence wouldn't have a major effect on the Vikings defensive strategy.