While the main talk after morning walkthrough on Friday was the offensive line another potential position battle revealed itself and one that was going to be one anyway -- at outside linebacker. Instead of being between Lorenzo Alexander and O'Brien Schofield it will be between Alexander and newly signed John Abraham who has been one of the best pass rushers in the game. Head coach Bruce Arians was asked how Abraham will be used. The idea of a situational pass rusher has been thrown around. The one thing that Arians made sure was that he would get Abraham on the field "the first thing I think they're going to pass." However he did not say that Abraham will just be used as a nickel guy. "He can be an every down player he said. "We will see how it goes. I really like Lorenzo Alexander in that spot also so we've got two quality veterans. "What it's really done is bolster our nickel package. When we want to get after the quarterback we've got four to five capable pass rushers -- now one withe an elite resume and we don't have to wonder what we have. We know what we have -- a guy that's had 9.5 to 10.5 sacks the last four-five years." As for Alexander who has not been a full time starter on defense Arians believed he would be effective as well.
OLB position battle between John Abraham and Lorenzo Alexander
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