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Marcus Easley candid in discussing roster battle

By Jay Skurski

Marcus Easley was frank this week when discussing his future with the Buffalo Bills.

“We’re all good receivers here. There’s plenty of competition around. Guys stepped up, guys made plays. I did the same when my number was called, but being that I was so far behind with the way things transpired the last few years, that definitely put me behind,” he said. “So I have to do what’s required -- and extra –- to catch up with everybody.

Is he worried that window of opportunity is closing?

“Who wouldn’t be?” he asks. “Everybody knows how this business works and how things go.”

If Easley were to make the 53-man roster, it would likely be based on potential – and the fear the team wouldn’t be able to sneak him onto the practice squad. Easley hasn’t struggled with drops for the most part in camp (although he did have one against the Steelers), it’s just that he hasn’t had as many opportunities as the receivers ahead of him, like Derek Hagan and Naaman Roosevelt. Easley also hasn’t looked as explosive as you’d like for a player with his size and speed.

He insists he’s healthy, though, saying “I’m still staying optimistic. I’m not really worried about things I can’t control. Just trying to come out here and compete and get better.”

Here’s more on Easley’s fight to make the roster from today's print edition.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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