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Kiko KOs early expectations: 'Legend' of Bills rookie LB Alonso growing in Buffalo

  • FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) defends against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. Shy and introverted off the field,  Alonso is making a significant statement on it. Four weeks into the season, the second-round draft pick out of Oregon has been among the NFL's most dominant rookies.  (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) defends against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. Shy and introverted off the field, Alonso is making a significant statement on it. Four weeks into the season, the second-round draft pick out of Oregon has been among the NFL's most dominant rookies. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • El linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) de los Bills de Buffalo al interceptar un pase ante los Ravens de Baltimore en el partido de la NFL el domingo 29 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Gary Wiepert)

    El linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) de los Bills de Buffalo al interceptar un pase ante los Ravens de Baltimore en el partido de la NFL el domingo 29 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Gary Wiepert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) is tackled by Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

    Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) is tackled by Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)  (The Associated Press)

Quiet and introverted, Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso pays little attention to the hype he's starting to generate.

National TV interviews and a trend on Twitter, titled the "LegendOfKikoAlonso," mean very little to the second-round draft pick out of Oregon.

Where many see potential, Alonso sees room for improvement, while looking ahead to Buffalo (2-2) playing at Cleveland (2-2) on Thursday night.

After four games, Alonso is tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions, to go with one sack, a forced fumble and recovered fumble. His 32 tackles are tops in Buffalo and among league rookies.

And with two interceptions in a 23-20 win over Baltimore on Sunday, Alonso became the league's first rookie linebacker since Al Richardson in 1980 to have an interception in three straight games.

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