24-Year-Old Linebacker – Philadelphia Eagles
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
If a full-time three-down role was guaranteed, Alonso would rank much higher. Traded by the Bills for LeSean McCoy, Alonso likely will become the leader of the Philadelphia defense, though things are ...
Kiko Alonso Contract Information:
Signed his rookie deal with the Bills in May of 2013.
Alonso's teammate, Mychal Kendricks, is a strong candidate to be traded, according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia.
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Kiko Alonso: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Alonso missed the entire 2014 NFL season after suffering a torn ACL in July, but the 24-year-old linebacker expects to be a full participant in training camp. The move -- which is slated to become official next week -- will reunite Alonso with his former college coach, Chip Kelly, and will also bolster an Eagles defense that finished in the bottom third of the league in total points allowed in 2014. Philadelphia also finished in the middle of the pack in terms of rushing yards allowed per game last season (119.9), but the addition of Alonso should help immensely in this area as well. The IDP outlook of Alonso doesn't change drastically, provided he retains his health throughout the duration of training camp.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Alonso was not placed on IR a couple months ago, with the mindset that maybe there was a sliver of hope he could return for the last few games of the season, but that seems incredibly unlikely at this point, especially when the player himself seems to be conceding as such. Still, the Bills have one of the league's better defenses this season without the guy who was by far their best linebacker last season, so the 2015 version of the Buffalo D could be pretty scary if Alonso is able to come back strong.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Bills obviously had high hopes for Alonso when they selected him 46th overall in the 2013 draft, but no one could have foreseen the truly enormous rookie season ahead. Alonso finished the year as one of the three best IDP linebackers, piling up 159 tackles (87 solo) while adding two sacks and making a huge impact in coverage, intercepting four passes. He posted double-digit tackles eight times, including one 22-tackle effort. Alonso has good speed and elite quickness for his size, and his huge tackle total from last year indicates he's quick to recognize plays. Unfortunately, his 2014 season came to a grinding halt, when it was revealed in early July that Alonso had suffered a torn ACL, leaving Nigel Bradham, Keith Rivers and Preston Brown as the top candidates to handle the team's weak side linebacker duties.
Alonso might be the rawest out of the rookie group of Brown, Ogletree, Minter, Manti Te'o and Gerald Hodges, but he's probably one of the three most naturally talented players of the group, too. Despite starting just one year at Oregon, Alonso showed enough upside on tape for the Bills to select him in the second round. With Nick Barnett and Kelvin Sheppard no longer in Buffalo, Alonso should find himself a Week 1 starter. Alonso's athleticism and motor allowed him to make big plays at Oregon, and he's especially intriguing for his sack and interception potential after posting 14 tackles for loss and four interceptions in 12 games last year.