Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AP/Shutterstock (12653423du) Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander (24) in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Chicago Vikings Bears Football, Chicago, United States – 20 Dec 2021
Cowboys sign ex-Vikings DB Alexander to practice squad
The Cowboys have signed former Viking cornerback Mackensie Alexander to their practice squad.
This signing comes after the Cowboys reportedly lost starting corner Anthony Brown for the season with a torn Achilles in their 54-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. With Dallas needing depth at the cornerback position, it is reasonable to assume that Alexander could find the field sooner rather than later.
Alexander, 29, is a six-year NFL veteran who played his college ball at Clemson. He was drafted in with the 54th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played four years for the Vikings, but they did not extend his rookie contract. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and started ten games for them in 2020, where he recorded six passes defensed and an interception. After his one season with Cincinnati, he returned to Minnesota for the 2021 season, though he was not brought back with the Vikings’ coaching change for 2022. He signed with the Miami Dolphins halfway through training camp before heading to the IR with a groin injury.
Alexander has three interceptions in his career and has started 25 games. Former Vikings coach Mike Zimmer primarily used him in the slot where he found most of his success. He will likely find snaps there as well behind highly touted rookie DaRon Bland.
The Cowboys will play the Houston Texans this coming week in Dallas.