Patriots’ linebacker Alexander headlines Waterville grid clinic

Posted June 24, 2010, at 11:37 p.m.

    Eric Alexander again will battle for a roster spot when the New England Patriots open training camp this summer. He is listed on the depth chart as a backup inside linebacker behind Jerod Mayo.

He also plays on special teams.

But beginning tonight at 6, he will be teaching youngsters (grades 1-8) about football at the Central Maine Youth Football camp at the Alfond Youth Center fields in Waterville. It will be the third straight year Alexander has been a camp instructor.

Tonight’s session will last two hours.

“I enjoy working with kids and giving them pointers on how to be a better football player,” said Alexander. “I’m sure they enjoy it, too. I look forward to coming up there. They always have a wide variety of questions for me.”

The Tyler, Texas, native signed as a free agent with the Patriots and has registered 48 tackles, including 38 unassisted, in 45 games over six seasons. He was in on 12 tackles last year.

The former Louisiana State linebacker attended a minicamp earlier this month and doesn’t take anything for granted.

“I just look forward to working hard every day and whatever happens, happens,” said the 28-year-old Alexander. “Bill [head coach Belichick] is a smart man. He’ll put the top 11 players on the field. If I’m one of the guys, I’ll be happy about it. As long as I’m helping the team win any way I can, I’m happy for that, too. You’ve always got to be ready. You never know when you’re going to get an opportunity [to play].”

He said wide receiver Wes Welker’s rehabilitation “appears to be going good.” Welker is coming off extensive knee surgery but did show up at minicamp.

Alexander doesn’t know what to expect this season but said he has been “blessed” to be part of the Patriots organization and added that expectations are always high.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Alexander said he will continue “focusing on becoming a more complete football player.”

The clinic will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a barbecue. It will conclude on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. The fee for the three days is $50 and Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach and former Patriot Ray Hamilton will run the clinic.

Those seeking more information on the clinic may call 491-6939 or e-mail: blanchets@myfairpoint.net

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