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  • 25 April 2019
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Its not every week Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander finds himself leading the NFL in sacks.The 10-year journeyman intends to enjoy the moment for however long it lasts.Ive got cats texting me and calling me from around the league that Ive played with, Alexander told The Associated Press on Monday, noting one of the congratulatory messages he received was from Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo. Orakpo hit me this morning, saying, `Man, Im chasing you.Get in line, Orakpo. You, too, Von Miller.Coming off a three-sack performance in Buffalos 30-19 win at Los Angeles on Sunday, Alexander has set the leagues early season pace by upping his total to seven. That puts him a half-sack ahead of Miller, and one up on Orakpo, Alexanders former teammate in Washington.The production is off the charts for a 33-year-old who totaled nine sacks in his first 127 career games . Hes Buffalos first player to register a sack in each of the first five games of a season since sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982.More important is how Alexander has played a role in helping re-establish the pass rush in Buffalo a year after Rex Ryans defense managed just 21 sacks -- a franchise low in a 16-game-season. The Bills 17 sacks in five games matches the number they had through five games in 2014, when they led the NFL with 54 sacks.So much for Buffalo missing Mario Williams, its top pass-rushing threat who was cut in March because of his high-priced contract and after he spent much of last season publicly questioning whether he fit in Ryans scheme.Thats something not lost on Alexander, who was aware of the complaints raised last year.Everybody wasnt bought in, Alexander said. And when you have that within your team, youre not going to do as well.Ryan credited Alexander for how quickly hes grasped the defensive system. Ryan then added he doesnt recall Alexander ever complaining about having to drop back in coverage, which was one of Williams criticisms.Lorenzo deserves all the credit. This is somebody that came in here and accepted a different role that we had for him, Ryan said. He came in here and just outplayed everybody. He earned that job.The Bills signed Alexander in April to initially shore up their special teams units and play a complimentary role as a defensive backup.Those plans began changing in May, when projected starter, rookie first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson, had shoulder surgery. Veteran Manny Lawson was next in line before he was sidelined by a partially torn pectoral muscle once training camp opened.Alexander formally took over the starting spot once Lawson was cut a week before the start of the season.Now, Ryan cant foresee Alexander giving up the starting spot even when Shaq Lawson is eligible to return next week.Well worry about the rest of the stuff later, but Lorenzos a starter, Ryan said. I guess the big question right now is he going to start in the Pro Bowl because thats how hes playing.Alexander, who also has two forced fumbles, is enjoying a breakthrough season not long after he thought his career might be over. He contemplated retiring after sustaining a Lisfranc injury to his right foot three games into the 2013 season with Arizona.The injury slowed his performance the following year with the Cardinals, and he spent last season playing mostly special teams in Oakland.I didnt want to go out the way I was playing. I didnt want to leave that lasting taste of regret, Alexander said. I became relegated to being `just another guy. And I didnt want to end my career like that.The Bills were the only team that showed any real interest in signing him last spring.In retrospect, Alexander cant think of a better fit, noting few expected anything of him or the Bills, who are in the midst of a 16-season playoff drought.Nobodys thinking we can do it. And obviously, nobody thinks that Im capable of doing what Im doing right now, Alexander said. So to be able to continue and maintain that and have success as a team would be picture perfect.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Cheap Nike Shoes UK . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. 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TOWSON, Md. -- Shane Simpson ran for a career-high 202 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries and big plays helped Towson rally for a 34-24 win over William & Mary on Saturday.Towson (3-7, 2-5 Colonial Athletic Association) ran for three TDs and a season-high 274 yards.On the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Simpson took a handoff up the middle, spun out of a would-be tackle and raced 70 yards for a touchdown to trim Towsons deficit to 21-17. 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