Channeling Roy GreenAugust 1st, 2012
While Chuck Bednarik is largely considered the last ironman to play in the NFL, a guy who played both sides of the ball who is largely forgotten is Roy Green of the 1980s St. Louis Cardinals.
Green, a cornerback, converted to wide receiver and played both sides of the ball on occasion, developing into an All-Pro wide receiver. In one game against the Redskins, Green caught a touchdown pass, had an interception and ran back a punt for a touchdown.
Why is Joe writing about Green? Because if Tiquan Underwood makes the squad, or finds himself as, say, a No. 3 receiver, it will largely be thanks to Green, who Underwood hired as a tutor.
Wednesday in practice, Underwood stood out big time. He made play after play and he constantly got separation on defenders.
This, Underwood told Joe, is something he learned from Green.
“The thing I learned with Roy is, just being patient,” Underwood said. “Just be patient running routes, be smooth, don’t be choppy and give any indications to the defensive back.”
Underwood also noted that working out with Larry Fitzgerald helped as well.
Underwood sure looks like a guy that if he doesn’t climb up the depth chart with the absence of injured Bucs receiver Arrelious Benn, he’s going to put the fear of the Grim Reaper in other receivers to improve themselves. Underwood didn’t deny this, though he brushed off any talk of being a No. 3 receiver.
We are pushing each other as a group,” Underwood said. “We just come out here and try to get better each and every day. It’s competition, sure, but it is working together.”