Never in my Bills fandom has there been a player as highly anticipated as Marcus Easley. James Hardy was close, but we eventually found out that Hardy just wasn’t very good.
I say we’ve never seen anything like Marcus Easley since we all were pretty excited about him when the Bills drafted him out of UConn in the 4th round of the 2010 draft. Many writers including Adam Caplan even pegged him as one of the Top 5 steals of the 2010 draft, saying:
Easley’s draft value was boosted during the NFL Combine where he posted a solid 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. Easley was fortunate to get drafted by the Bills, who will have one starting receiver job set, so the rookie will have a chance to move up the depth chart quickly.
To put Caplan’s draft steal predictions in perspective, he also pegged TE Jimmy Graham just one spot above Easley on his list of top steals of that draft.
But you can’t say it’s Easley’s fault at all. In 2010, he suffered a knee injury that cost him the entire season. And in 2011 he had a very solid Training Camp, made the team, then days before the Regular Season opener he came down with what was being described as a mystery illness. After Week 1 against Kansas City it was revealed that he had a heart ailment and the Bills were forced to put him on season ending injured reserve. As unfortunate as this was for Easley, the way the team rallied around him last year really let me know this was a different kind of Bills team.
Early mini-camp reports are encouraging on Easley’s progress. So the question becomes…
On a team in desperate need for a true #2 receiver:
Will he follow in the footsteps on of HIGHLY anticipated things that failed to deliver:
or does he join the list of highly anticipated things (who also happen to have a little heart problem) that managed to not just live up to the hype, but to blow it into next year:
I like Easley. I like the Bills. I want Marcus Easley to succeed.
And I see no reason why we can’t have our own Red, White, and Blue version of Iron Man catching Touchdowns on the field for the Bills this year:
Go get ‘em Marcus!