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Cincinnati Bengals pick up Buffalo Free Agent Receiver Alex Neutz

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The Cincinnati Bengals have picked up Alex Neutz. Neutz is one of the greatest receivers to ever come out of Buffalo, Alex had a great career at UB.

Alex Neutz was a Western New York High School star at Grand Island High School under coach Dean Santorio.  In Neutz's high school senior season of 2008, Alex grabbed 51 catches and set a Western New York record 1,182 yards with 22 touchdowns.   When you set single season records, you get rewards.  Alex was awarded the James Lofton Award for top receiver in Western New York.   For the second time Alex was named first-team All Western New York and in his senior season was on the NYSSWA All-State Team.  Good things were also to come in the classroom as Alex was a Buffalo New All-WNY Scholar Athlete.  Alex's UB liaison was Coach Brian Mohnsen but was able to meet and be coached by now living legend Juan Taylor.

Ohio coach Frank Solich had this to say about Alex.

"I think he’s a complete receiver," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "He’s got good speed, he’s got excellent quickness, good height, excellent hands and comes out of his breaks really well. He’s been doing it now for several years in the MAC. He’s an excellent player."

Alex was invited and competed in the NFLPA Collegite Bowl in Los Angeles.  See the great article by Conrad as well as the videos from the game here: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Neutz is listed at 6-3 and 205. He does not create large separation with speed alone, but he does have good open field speed.  Neutz is a crisp route runner but his greatest asset is those amazing hands.  Neutz is a cross between the outside receiver and the slot receiver. The slot receivers are typically smaller with great cutting ability to create separation in tight areas and not afraid to get hit from time to time separation with speed alone.