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WR Marcus Easley Eager To Get On Field and Play in 2011

Wide receiver Marcus Easley’s career at UCONN began as a walk-on/red-shirt before spending three seasons as a backup wideout who saw action on special teams. A breakout senior season (48 receptions, 893 yards, eight touchdowns) led to him being chosen in the fourth-round (107th overall) of last year’s draft, but surgery on his left knee landed him on injured reserve.

With the lockout wiping out OTAs and mini-camps, Easley is eager to get back on the field, reports Desmond Cooper of the Hartford Courant.

“It’s definitely been frustrating, especially having to sit out the whole season,” Easley said. “I got no game action, in preseason or regular season. That alone, just being away from the game that long, I was eager for the offseason workouts, eager to be able to come and perform in the OTAs [organized team activities].

“And this year, there weren’t any so it’s been a long time coming. I’m so eager to get on the field but until they get this lockout resolved it’s not possible.”

Lee Evans and Steve Johnson are projected to start, and competition for backup receiver spots on the Bills’ roster figures to be fierce once camp opens up. Roscoe Parrish has the inside track at the No. 3 spot, and a pair of 2010 undrafted rookies — David Nelson and Donald Jones — showed promise.

Easley is big (6-foot-3, 216 pounds) and ran a 4.39-40 at the Combine. Despite being quite raw as a receiver, the Bills invested a fourth-round pick and $519,000 signing bonus in Easley. If he’s healthy, he’s a safe bet to be on the roster.

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