It’s been a forgetful first two years in the NFL for 2010 fourth round pick Marcus Easley.
In two seasons, the only games that Easley has participated in have been two preseason contests. Both of which came last year.
A knee injury caused him to miss all of his rookie year, and a heart ailment forced him to have to sit the entire 2011 season. Needless to say, Easley and the rest of the Bills staff is hoping that all his medical issues are behind him, and that he will finally be able to play for the team in 2012.
Now there’s no guarantee that Easley will actually be able to stay healthy and play this season, but what is pretty much guaranteed is that this season will have a large impact on Easley’s future with the Bills.
With two years, including the 2012 season, left on his rookie contract, Easley will need to prove that not only can he actually get on the field and stay healthy, but that he can perform and help the team.
At 6’2″, 240 lbs, Easley is that big-bodied receiver that the Bills want and need opposite Stevie Johnson as the team’s number two receiver which would allow the team to use David Nelson where he’s a better fit, in the slot.
When Organized Team Activities (OTAs) started on Tuesday, it was the first time that Easley was able to practice with his teammates since last September. He didn’t look to have missed a beat.
Using his big body and his larger than life hands, Easley became a common target during the first two days of OTAs. He was able to go up and get the football every time it was thrown in his general direction. Even his route running looked better.
He’s got a unique speed to go with his size that could make him a very dangerous target for Buffalo this season. Although it’s early in the process of figuring out who the number two receiver will be this year, Easley has seemingly settled into that role. As previously stated though, he needs to stay healthy.
We’ve seen this before with him though. He’s been healthy and has looked good during OTAs, but it’s when the pads get put on and the hitting begins at training camp that we’ll know just how ready Easley for the big time.
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