Oct 8, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Roy Roundtree (12) makes a catch over Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Jeravin Matthews (3) in the second half at Ryan Field. Michigan defeated Northwestern 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
It may not be the most ideal route to get to the NFL for former Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree. He has a long training camp ahead of him if he hopes to go from being undrafted to making the Cincinnati Bengals’ 53-man roster. Roundtree will be likely find himself battling 6th-rounder Cobi Hamilton, Ryan Whalen, Brandon Tate, Dane Sanzenbacher, and undrafted EKU WR Tyrone Goard for 2(maybe 3) of the final WR spots, depending on whether the Bengals decide to keep 6 or 7 receivers.
With Tate on the mend with a hamstring injury and A.J. Green resting after suffering a bone bruise, that’s opened up more opportunities for reps, and he’s taken advantage of them with his loved ones looking on:
"Roundtree, a Trotwood-Madison graduate, had one of the highlights of training camp today when he beat cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris on a deep ball from Andy Dalton. It was one of a handful of catches Roundtree made during the practice, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for his father Willie, who was in stands watching with several other family members, including Roy’s brothers Jovan and Willie Jr. After practice, Roundtree spent some time with the group, and the Hard Knocks crew rushed in to film it, all of which left Willie Sr. beaming. “I’m so proud, man,” he said. “Very proud. He’s worked very hard for it. He’s always been a self motivator and a good kid. He really studied hard and studied the game hard. When he was home last week, all he did was study. I think he’s going to make it.”"