GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. — NFL training camps are set to begin in a couple of weeks. And that means the first pro camp for former UB standout Alex Neutz.
The Grand Island native signed on with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent after leaving UB as one of the top wide receivers in program history.
Neutz finished his college career with 195 receptions for 3094 yards and a school record 31 receiving touchdowns. A two-time All Mid-American Conference selection (first-team as a senior, second-team as a junior) Neutz became just the second player in school history with 1000 yards receiving in two different seasons.
Neutz (6'3, 206 lb.) already got little taste of what life in the NFL is like at organized team activities and minicamp.
But now he's getting ready for the real deal -- his chance to show what he can do and try to make the team by the end of camp.
"You get out there and you see all the other guys who have a good handle on the offense and a completely different playbook than what I was used to at UB," Neutz said at his parents' Grand Island home on Monday.
"So really the biggest thing is just getting your nose in the playbook every night and just learning the language and the concepts and the speed of how fast they're going to call it and how fast they want you to line up."
Neutz will return to Cincinnati in about 12 days as the Bengals kick off training camp on July 24.
Time Warner Cable News sports reporter Andy Young will have an in-depth story with Neutz and his underdog pursuit of the NFL dream coming up on Thursday.