I caught up with former UConn star Marcus Easley Saturday at his annual youth football camp in Stratford. As he enters his fourth NFL season, Easley is still awaiting his first career reception.
He’s only appeared in three career games, all last year. The 6-foot-2 receiver, a fourth-round pick in 2010, played mostly on special teams, recording five total tackles and forcing two fumbles.
He’s only appeared in three career games, all last season. The 6-foot-2 receiver, a fourth-round pick in 2010, played mostly on special teams, recording five total tackles and forcing two fumbles.
Easley has endured quite a bit of adversity (you can read about that here), but feels refreshed heading into his fourth NFL season.
“Aside from the heart (ailment), injuries happen,” Easley said. “It’s part of the game. I’m not the only player who’s ever been on IR or been injured. It’s all going to work out.”
*On his 2012 campaign, which began when he was cut by the Bills in August and signed to the practice squad: “I finished strong in the preseason, but the first three games I wasn’t really productive. It is what it is. Practice squad actually helped me from that two-year layover that I pretty much had — just getting back into football, doing football movements and just staying healthy for the first time in my whole career. I wasn’t happy about practice squad, but you gotta do what you gotta do.”
*On new Bills coach Doug Marrone: “It’s actually like a rebirth. We’ve got all new coaches, a lot of turnover, so I can set a whole new impression. I know I can play. I’m still around for a reason. I’m not really dwelling on the past and make the most of what’s in front of me.”
*On the new playbook: “It’s definitely a different pace compared to last season, a little more tempo to it. You take a lot more shots. We’ll see how it plays out come the regular season.”
*On his annual football camp in Stratford: “What I like so much about it is I never had anything like this growing up. There has been maybe one or two NFL players to ever come from (Stratford). I felt responsibility, being that first guy from this area, it’s only right that I give back to the Pop Warner organization because that’s where it all started.”
Easley is entering the second year of a three-year contract. In the mix for the No. 2 receiver job, he’ll compete against T.J. Graham, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin for playing time.