Eric Alexander

  • LB, #52
  • Height: 6-2 Weight: 240
  • Year: 6 Yrs/Pat: 6
  • Acquired: FA-04
  • School: Louisiana State
  • Major: Engineering
  • Born: Feb 8, 1982 Tyler Texas

    Career Transactions

    • Eric Alexander was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on April 29, 2004 … Waived by the Patriots (9/5/04) … Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/6/04) … Signed to the Patriots active roster (12/20/04) … Placed on injured reserve (1/13/05) … Released by the Patriots (9/3/05) … Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/4/05) … Signed to the Patriots active roster from the practice squad (10/8/05) … Released by the Patriots (10/11/05) … Re-signed to the Patriots practice squad (10/12/05) … Signed to the Patriots active roster from the practice squad (1/30/06) … Re-signed by the Patriots (3/5/09).

    Career Highlights

    • GP/GS (Playoffs): 45/0 (7/1)
    • Alexander enters the 2010 season having played in 45 career games since being signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent prior to the 2004 season.
    • Alexander earned his first career start in the 2006 AFC Championship Game and led the Patriots with 10 solo tackles in the contest.
    • Alexander led the Patriots with eight special teams tackles in the 2007 playoffs, and finished fourth on the team with a career-high 14 special teams tackles in the 2007 regular season.
    • Alexander has recorded 14 special teams tackles in seven career playoff games entering 2010.

    Career Statistics

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    2009 Season
    2009 (14/0, 1/0)

    • Played in 14 games and was inactive for two games.
    • Finished third on the team with 14 special teams tackles.
    • Helped set the tone in the Patriotsí 27-21 victory vs. Baltimore (10/4), forcing a Chris Carr fumble on the gameís opening kickoff, allowing Brandon McGowan to recover and set up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.

    2008 Season
    2008 (1/0):

    • Appeared in the season opener against Kansas City (9/7), but was listed as a day-of-game inactive for the next nine games.
    • Placed on injured reserve on Nov. 22 with a hamstring injury.

    2007 Season
    2007 (12/0, 3/0)

    • Played in 12 games in his third NFL season and listed as a day-of-game inactive four times.
    • Set a career high in special teams tackles with 14, a tally that was fourth best on the team.
    • Led the team with eight special teams tackles in the playoffs.
    • Led or tied for the team lead in special teams tackles two times during the regular season.
    • Set a single-game career high with a team-high four special teams tackles in the Patriots’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (11/25).
    • Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles one week later in a win at the Baltimore Ravens (12/3).
    • Led the team with two special teams tackles in the Patriots’ AFC Divisional playoff victory over Jacksonville (1/12).
    • Contributed a team-high three special teams tackles in the Patriots’ victory over the San Diego Chargers in the AFC
    • Championship Game (1/20).
    • Tallied a team-high three special teams tackles against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII (2/3).

    2006 Season
    2006 (14/0, 3/1)

    • In his first full season on the active roster, saw action in 14 games and started one playoff game at inside linebacker.
    • Registered 10 special teams tackles, tying him for fifth on the team.
    • Led the team or tied for the team lead in special teams tackles four times (vs. BUF, vs. DEN, at BUF, at MIN).
    • Teamed with Don Davis to stonewall Terrence McGee at the Buffalo 17-yard line during a fourth quarter kickoff return against Buffalo (9/10).
    • Saw significant action at inside linebacker in the nickel package and posted three tackles (2 solo) against Tennessee (12/31).
    • Teamed with Heath Evans to stonewall Justin Miller at his own 13-yard line on a third-quarter kickoff return in the
    • Patriots’ AFC Wild Card victory over the N.Y. Jets (1/7).
    • Tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles on coverage units in the Patriots’ AFC Divisional playoff victory over the Chargers (1/14).
    • Made his first NFL start at middle linebacker and led the team with 10 solo tackles in the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis (1/21). Registered a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble. Sacked Peyton Manning for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter. Knocked down a pass over the middle intended for Bryan Fletcher late in the fourth quarter.

    2005 Season
    2005 (1/0, 0/0)

    • Was on the active roster for one game and spent the remainder of the regular season and playoffs as a member of the Patriots practice squad.
    • Was signed to the practice squad (9/4) and later signed to the active roster (10/8).
    • Released (10/11) and re-signed to the practice squad (10/12), where he spent the rest of the season.

    2004 season
    2004 (3/0, 0/0)

    • Played in the final three regular season games after being signed from the practice squad (12/20).
    • Member of the practice squad for the first 14 weeks of the season.
    • Placed on injured reserve (1/13/05) and missed all three playoff games.
    • Made his NFL debut against the Miami Dolphins (12/20) and recorded two special teams tackles.

    College

    • Excelled on special teams for LSU in his first three years before taking over at strong-side outside linebacker during his final campaign.
    • Moved from strong safety to weak-side linebacker prior to the 2002 season opener.
    • Started 14 of 39 games during his career, recording 77 tackles (56 solos) with five sacks, 10 stops for losses, nine quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and five pass break-ups.
    • As a senior, started all year at strong-side outside linebacker, recording a career-high 65 tackles (51 solos), including five sacks for minus 36 yards, nine stops for losses of 34 yards and nine quarterback pressures.
    • Played in every game as a junior on special teams.
    • Played in seven regular season games as a sophomore and in the Sugar Bowl on special teams.
    • Played in five games as a reserve safety as a freshman.

    Personal

    • Eric Alexander was born the son of Deanna and Tracy Porter on Feb. 8, 1982 in Tyler, Texas.
    • Attended Stephen F. Austin (Port Arthur, Tex.) High.
    • Two-time member of the Port Arthur News Super Team.
    • Honorable mention all-state as well as being selected to the all-metro squad as both a safety and running back.
    • Rushed for 1,782 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior.
    • Member of the National Honor Society.
    • Earned letters in football, basketball, baseball and track.
    • In November 2006, helped pass out Thanksgiving food baskets at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston.
    • Supporter of the Kids Café Program at the Chelsea Boys and Girls Club.
    • In 2008, participated in the United Way of Rhode Island’s Hometown Huddle at the East Providence Boys & Girls
    • Club, teaching club members how to incorporate nutrition and fitness into their daily routines.
    • In 2007, attended Chelsea Day in Chelsea, Mass., in support of the Jordan Boys & Girls Club of Chelsea.
    • Was an engineering major at LSU.

    Extra Points

    • Eric served as an honorary coach in the 2008 and 2009 BELL Bowl, a fundraiser at Gillette Stadium to benefit the BELL Foundation.
    • Eric earned his first career start in the 2006 AFC Championship Game and led the Patriots with 10 solo tackles in the contest.
    • Majored in engineering at LSU.