Friday, October 18, 2013

Tannehill will keep a keen eye on Alonso


Kiko Alonso is on Ryan Tannehill's radar, and with good reason.

Alonso, the Buffalo Bills' second-round rookie linebacker, leads the NFL in tackles with 66 through six games. He's also already racked up a league-high four interceptions, four passes defensed, three tackles for losses, a sack and a forced and recovered fumble.

“He’s a good player. He flies around all over the field," Tannehill, the Miami Dolphins' second-year quarterback, said this week, via

Tannehill's Dolphins, coming off a bye, will host Alonso's Bills Sunday.

". . . you can see he has good ball skills," Tannehill continued. "When the ball is in the air he’s not afraid to go get it, and feels very comfortable catching the ball. He’s definitely a guy that we’ll have to account for."

The Dolphins' offensive line has been one of the leakiest in the league this season, so Buffalo's defensive front will be in attack mode this week. That should open up some opportunities for Alonso on the back end to add to his takeaway total.

His acumen against the run, as well, will likely be highlighted against a struggling Miami rushing attack.

In the Bills' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last week, Alonso recorded 22 tackles, a mark no other player has reached this season.

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