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Jaguars sign LB Eric Alexander


The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed veteran linebacker Eric Alexander and added second-year quarterback Keith Null to the practice squad.

Alexander, 6-2, 240, has spent the past six seasons with the New England Patriots where he played in 45 games.  Alexander has 40 career special teams tackles including 14 in two different seasons.  He has played in six postseason games and made his only career start at linebacker in the AFC Championship game against Indianapolis on Jan. 21, 2007 and led the team with 10 tackles including one sack.

A native of Tyler, Texas, Alexander played in 14 games for the Patriots in 2009 and ranked third on the team with 14 special teams tackles.   He spent the 2010 preseason with the club before he was waived on final cuts.  He was originally signed as an unrafted rookie by the Patriots in 2004 and spent the majority of his rookie season on the club's practice squad.

Alexander, who will wear number 53, was a four-year letterman at Louisiana State where he began his career as a safety before moving to linebacker as a sophomore.  He lettered in four sports – football, basketball, baseball and track – at Stephen F. Austin High School in Port Arthur, Texas.

Null, 6-4, 220, was a sixth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2009 and played in five games for the Rams as a rookie including four starts.  He completed 61.3 percent of his passes (73 of 119) for 566 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions.  He spent the 2010 preseason with the Rams before he was waived during final cuts.  A native of Lampasas, Texas, Null played collegiately at West Texas A & M where he threw for more than 9,000 yards in two seasons.

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