Coming into camp it was without a doubt that most Buffalo Bills fans did not believe Marcus Easley was going to make the 53 man roster.
The third-year receiver was proving the fan base wrong coming into 2013. The fourth round draft pick in 2010 was spectacular in Sunday’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, looking as if he and quarterback Jeff Tuel were playing together for years. Easley played the entire second half and achieved 94 yards on seven catches.
Head Coach Doug Marrone told the team’s website:
“Easley really made a couple of nice plays. I thought those guys were winning quite a bit out there. The one thing is those guys are going to have some opportunities. When they have those opportunities they’re going to be able to separate themselves and we will keep evaluating. All those guys I know can play at this level.”
Easley has had trouble staying healthy ever since he entered the league. He had season ending knee surgery in 2010, a heart condition that sidelined him for all of 2011, and was put on practice squad in 2012.
It is pretty clear that Easley has been very patient throughout his career so far, but the Bills shouldn’t give up on the kid just yet. He has been very unlucky throughout his career and hasn’t really got the opportunity to show his full potential. He was a walk-on at UConn and led the team in receptions as a senior. He averaged over 18 yards a catch and posted eight touchdowns his senior season. He can be a tall and athletic receiver in the NFL. He comes back to the ball on his breaks and uses his frame to shield away defenders to protect the pass. He will extend and bring the ball in while being able to hang on to it from a big hit. He brings strong running after the catch and works to pick up positive yardage with every catch.
Easley is a an intriguing player whose best football is ahead of him. He does have the physical skills to be a third or fourth receiver in 2013.