Just as Alex Neutz was preparing to enter his first NFL training camp when the Bengals hit the field for the first time this Thurdsday at Paul Brown Stadium, he was placed on waivers by the team yesterday afternoon. Neutz, a holder of several UB receiving records, can be claimed off waivers by any NFL team until later this afternoon. If he goes unclaimed when the 24-hour period expires he then becomes a free agent and is free to sign with any team.
It's not uncommon to see NFL teams churning the bottom of their rosters constantly during the offseason; it can lead to heartbreak for some, like Neutz, but can provide hope for others, like former UB star receiver Naaman Roosevelt who was recently signed by the Buffalo Bills
So what's next for the Grand Island product?
There are still several NFL teams in dire need of wide receiver help such as the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, and Kansas City Chiefs, so Neutz may not have to wait long to have an opportunity to get into an NFL camp if a coaching staff likes his ability. However, Neutz faces an uphill battle if he does latch on with another NFL team, changing coaching staffs, offensive schemes, and quarterbacks will be extremely difficult to overcome in a short amount of time. If he is unable to sign with an NFL team then he may be able to catch on up north where a certain former UB star quarterback is manning one of the best offenses in the CFL.
The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants have already reported to their respective camps and have begun practices; while the rest of the league will report to their camps by the end of the week.