Buffalo Bills: Too Little, Too Late for Marcus Easley?

Greg MaiolaSenior Analyst IIAugust 31, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 17: Marcus Easley #81 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 17, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Marcus Easley seemed to be struggling this preseason and was simply mediocre throughout the process. With the Buffalo Bills having their toughest personnel decisions to make at the wide receiver position, Easley seemed like he was a definite goner.

But boy did Easley make the coaches job that much more difficult with his performance against the Detroit Lions.

Easley only had one catch for 20 yards, but what he did on two consecutive plays showed the potential that the coaches dreamed of when they drafted him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

With the Bills trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Easley took a kickoff and ran it back 100 yards for a score. This play was the first explosion by any Bills player in the game and was an exciting way to show the nationwhat he can bring to a football team. Brad Smith fumbled a kickoff and struggled to make the ball past the 20 yard line, meaning there might be a role for Easley on the team.

On the very next play, Easley made a fine effort on the two point conversion, giving Buffalo the 32-31 lead.

After the game, coach Chan Gailey didn't let his play go unnoticed, saying: "That was a huge lesson for our kickoff coverage team." 

But was the fourth preseason game against third and fourth stringers enough to save Easley's job?

He has no NFL experience since the past two years as an injury and medical injury have kept him sidelined. The Bills have stayed patient, but they need to make the best decision for their team.

To make the squad, Easley will probably have to force Ruvell Martin off of the squad. However, Martin has been a more consistent special teams player and has made plays on offense in the NFL before. And Easley also has Kamar Aiken and Naaman Roosevelt in competition for a roster spot.

At the end of the day, Easley had a glorious moment, in the fourth quarter of the fourth preseason game. Was it enough to put him over the top and make the roster? Or was it too little to late for a player fighting to keep his NFL dreams alive?