Marcus Landon Easley (born November 2, 1987) is an American football wide receiver and special teamer who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut and graduated from Frank Scott Bunnell High School in Stratford, Connecticut in 2005.
Easley with the Buffalo Bills in 2011
|Position:||Wide receiver / Special teamer|
|Born:||November 2, 1987|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||217 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Stratford (CT) Bunnell|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 107|
|Career NFL statistics|
Easley was recruited out of Bunnell High School and was offered an academic scholarship to the University of Connecticut. He didn't end up receiving the scholarship, but was accepted to the school. He joined the UConn football team as a walk-on player, but didn't play until his sophomore year, when he played in 10 games, primarily on special teams and as a backup wide receiver. On September 8, 2007, he posted his first and only catch for the season, a 10-yard gain against Maine. In his junior year he saw action in 12 games, starting 4 of them, and ended the season with 4 catches for 94 yards. As a senior he played in all 13 games, starting 7 of them, and leading the team with 48 catches for 893 yards and 8 touchdowns. He scored his first touchdown on October 10, 2009 against Pitt. On October 24, 2009 Easley posted a career-high 157 receiving yards in a 28-24 loss at West Virginia. He had a career-high 8 catches on December 5 in a 29-27 home win against South Florida. Following the season, he was invited to the 2010 Texas vs The Nation all-star game.
He ended his college career with 53 receptions for 997 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Easley was drafted in the fourth round, 107th Overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the first Connecticut Huskies wide receiver to be drafted in the National Football League. He was the only wide receiver taken by the Buffalo Bills in his draft class.
Before the start of his rookie season, he was placed on injured reserve after having surgery for a torn meniscus.
Easley was put on injured reserve on September 13, 2011 after it was announced that he had a heart ailment, missing his second straight season.
On August 31, 2012 Easley was cut by the Bills and signed to their practice squad the following day. He was promoted back to the 53-man roster on November 6, 2012. He made his NFL debut on December 2, 2012 in a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned his first kickoff for 55 yards, setting up a 26-yard touchdown drive. He again saw action on December 16, 2012 on special teams, but left the game with a hamstring injury. He took the field again on December 30, 2012 against the New York Jets, posting a forced fumble and two special teams tackles.
Easley earned a spot on the Bills 2013 roster. He played in all 16 games and led the NFL with 22 special teams tackles. On September 29, 2013 in a home game against the Baltimore Ravens he recorded a game-high four special teams tackles. On November 10, 2013 against the Pittsburgh Steelers he posted his first NFL catch. He ended the game with 2 catches for 13 yards.
In the 2014 season, Easley saw action in 9 games on special teams, recording 9 special teams tackles.
On December 27, 2015, during a game against the Dallas Cowboys, Easley suffered a dislocated kneecap and broke his knee in three places. He was carted to the locker room. He was placed on injured reserve the next day.
- Report: Marcus Easley has heart ailment Archived October 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- WR Easley completes journey to Bills final roster
- "Bills' Marcus Easley dislocates knee cap, breaks knee in three places". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
- "Bills to place Marcus Easley (knee) on IR with 'major, major injury'". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
- Brown, Chris (March 8, 2017). "Bills release Marcus Easley". BuffaloBills.com.