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Chiefs' D.J. Alexander wins special teams player of the week

Jan 3, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker D.J. Alexander (57) is congratulated after blocking a punt during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 3, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker D.J. Alexander (57) is congratulated after blocking a punt during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs grabbed D.J. Alexander in the fifth round with the expectation he'd contribute immediately in the game's third phase.

That prophecy came true in Week 17 against the Oakland Raiders. The rookie linebacker blocked a punt that earned his team a win -- and earned himself AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

He's the second Chief to earn the award this year. Dustin Colquitt was celebrated for his coffin-corner punts earlier in the season.

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The Oregon State product is K.C.'s leading special teams tackler (13).

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