LB D.J. Alexander Added to AFC's Pro Bowl Roster

It’s the first time for the second-year linebacker out of Oregon State

The NFL's championship weekend wrapped up Sunday, and the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are headed to Super Bowl LI.

With the Patriots playing in the big game, wide receiver Matt Slater will not participate in Pro Bowl week, opening up a special teams spot for an alternate.

On Tuesday morning, the Chiefs announced that the alternate replacing Slater is linebacker D.J. Alexander.

Via his official Twitter account, Alexander said, "Beyond blessed thank you."

According to the football analytics website Pro Football Focus, Alexander played 333 total special teams snaps for the Chiefs in 2016, with 77 of them coming at the right guard spot on punts.

After the Chiefs' 30-27 overtime win over the Denver Broncos in Week 12, special teams coordinator Dave Toub had this to say about Alexander:

"He had his best game of the year by far last game," Toub said. "The three tackles and then what he did – draw a penalty on punt return and then made them punt again, those things are huge. Anytime a team has to cover two kicks in a row the advantage is in the return team.

"That happened for us and he is what we expected him to be—he's our special teams ace and he showed up in that game."

The Chiefs selected Alexander out of Oregon State with a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. It is the first Pro Bowl honor of his career.

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