Channeling Roy Green

August 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.”

7 Responses to “Channeling Roy Green”

  1. Chris FWC Says:

    Nice read! Glad players work together.

  2. Amar Says:


    Dude, are you stalking me?! (Only kidding), Reason I say this is because I said something to the same degree about Underwood in a Bucs group lol and now people are going to think I got it straight from you. LOL :/ Joe, are you on B.F.A.T.B. on bookface?

  3. Amar Says:

    Underwood played a big factor in Brisc0e’s release, New Schiano Order seen how Underwood is a better player overall and will be able to contribute more than Briscoe has ever.

    When the seasons begins no one will realize Briscoe is gone, other than we had another star on our roster. His name is Mr. Kid’N’Play aka House Party, Tiquan Underwood himself !! This kid excites me !!

  4. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I really can’t wait to see him play. From what I’ve read everywhere, he is tearing it up.

  5. thomas two point two Says:

    He is better than Benn, as is Parker. Benn is squarely on the hot seat, and he should be.

  6. ben Says:

    if he earns it, let the man play. give benn time to heal, he is always hurt, maybe down the stretch someone else goes in and benn is 100 percent ready to step in their place. i will not deny before benn went down the end of his rookie year he was really comming on, i mean he made some sensational leaping catches in clutch moments a few times has hasnt benn himself since

  7. Stevek Says:

    Recouped use a smurf/playmaker.

    Hope Underwood can keep building his claim of the #3 WR