New Packers DB coach Jerry Gray impressed with Jaire Alexander

Longtime NFL coach Jerry Gray has strong early impressions of his Packer personnel as he begins his first season as the team’s defensive backs coach.

Gray has been an NFL defensive coach since the late 1990s and spent the last six with the Vikings. He says he’s enjoying the freedom defensive coordinator Mike Pettine gives him when it comes to coaching technique, and he sees a lot of talent in Green Bay’s young secondary. For Gray, Jaire Alexander particularly draws some elite comparisons.

“He reminds me a lot of [2000 Pro Bowler] Samari Rolle when I had Samari in Tennessee,” Gray said during a Zoom call with media. “Not really big guys but they were physical and have really good coverage skills, and excellent ability to see. A lot of times, guys don’t have that vision to see the quarterback and receiver at the same time. [Three-time Pro Bowler] DeAngelo Hall had that. When you have guys that have that type of skill, that’s a big plus.”