Buffalo Bills: Marcus Easley

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Four days after being deactivated against the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams is active Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins.

Williams' status could be tied to the health of Marquise Goodwin, who is inactive Thursday night with a rib injury.

Special teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) is active after missing the past six games with a knee injury.

Here is the full list of Bills inactives:

RB Fred Jackson (groin)
WR Marquise Goodwin (ribs)
CB Ron Brooks (groin)
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
OL Cyrus Kouandjio
RB Phillip Tanner
LB Randell Johnson

Previewing Bills-Jets at MetLife Stadium

October, 26, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Welcome to MetLife Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills (4-3) meet the New York Jets (1-6) at 1 p.m. ET.

Weather conditions: Not a bad day for football. Temperatures will be about 60 degrees with morning sunshine giving way to some afternoon clouds. There is no threat of rain but wind could be a factor, with gusts over 20 mph.

Bills to test Marcus Easley: The Bills have a pair of questionable players, wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) and safety Aaron Williams (neck). There's more intrigue with Easley, who has missed the past four games with an MCL injury. The Bills will test his knee pregame and make a decision from there. He's their best special-teams player.

Four more inactives: With linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) and running back Fred Jackson (groin) already declared out and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (doubtful, hamstring) unlikely to play, the Bills will need to declare four additional inactives if Easley can play. Cornerback Ross Cockrell and offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio figure to be two of them.

Steratore gets the call: Gene Steratore is today’s referee.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Goodwin pulled up with the injury in practice last week and did not participate this week.

Meanwhile, special-teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game. Coach Doug Marrone said they will test Easley before the game to see if he can play.

Safety Aaron Williams (neck) is also questionable.

Here is the Bills' full Friday injury report:

Out:
LB Ty Powell (ankle; did not participate)
RB Fred Jackson (groin; did not participate)

Doubtful:
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring; did not participate)

Questionable:
WR Marcus Easley (knee; limited participation)
S Aaron Williams (neck; limited participation)

Probable:
DE Mario Williams (thumb; full participation)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin; full participation)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs; full participation)
CB Ron Brooks (groin; limited participation)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills had no changes to their Thursday injury report.

 Special teams ace Marcus Easley remained a limited participant in practice. Coach Doug Marrone did not rule him out of Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin remained out of practice with a hamstring injury.

"I'm just rehabbing and trying to get better each day," Goodwin said Thursday.

Did not participate:
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring)
LB Ty Powell (ankle)
RB Fred Jackson (groin)

Limited participation:
WR Marcus Easley (knee)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

Full participation:
DE Mario Williams (thumb)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins was added to Wednesday's injury report with a groin injury but did not miss any practice time.

"I'm fine. I'm participating," Watkins said. "I had a great day today."

Watkins and defensive end Mario Williams (thumb), who was also added to the injury report Wednesday, were both listed as full participants.

Meanwhile, special-teams ace Marcus Easley was a limited participant after missing the last four weeks with a sprained MCL. He worked with trainers during warmups and was not on the practice field at the end of the session, making his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Jets less likely.

Here is the remainder of the Bills' injury report:

Did not participate:
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring)
LB Ty Powell (ankle)
RB Fred Jackson (groin)

Limited participation:
WR Marcus Easley (knee)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

Full participation:
DE Mario Williams (thumb)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs)

Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) ruled out

October, 17, 2014
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

 Goodwin pulled up late in practice on Thursday with the injury and did not practice Friday.

His absence could create an opportunity for Mike Williams, who was deactivated last week, to be active and potentially receive playing time.

Linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) and special teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) have also been ruled out for Sunday.

Here is the Bills' full Friday injury report:

Out:
WR Marcus Easley (out; did not participate)
WR Marquise Goodwin (out; did not participate)
LB Ty Powell (out; did not participate)

Probable:
S Da'Norris Searcy (knee; limited participation)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs; limited participation)
DT Kyle Williams (knee; limited participation)
S Aaron Williams (wrist/neck; limited participation)
LS Garrison Sanborn (knee; full participation)

Marcell Dareus returns to Bills practice

October, 16, 2014
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Dareus
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to practice Thursday after being excused from Wednesday's practice.

Dareus missed Wednesday's practice for a family matter.

Meanwhile, linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) and wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) did not practice for a second consecutive day Thursday.

Long snapper Garrison Sanborn (knee) was on the practice field again Thursday after being a limited participant Wednesday. The Bills worked out long snappers Charley Hughlett and Kevin McDermott on Wednesday as a precaution, ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates reported.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was not at the start of Wednesday's practice for what the team called an excused absence.

It's not clear what kept Dareus out of practice.

Meanwhile, safety Aaron Williams practiced Wednesday after missing Sunday's game with wrist and neck injuries. He had a large wrap on his right wrist at the start of Wednesday's practice.

Linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) and wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) were not on the field.

Previewing Bills-Lions at Ford Field

October, 5, 2014
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DETROIT -- Welcome to Ford Field, where the Buffalo Bills (2-2) square off with the Detroit Lions (3-1) in the Bills' third road game of the season (1 p.m. ET).

Weather conditions: None. For the second consecutive week, the Bills are playing inside a domed stadium. It's a chilly day outside in Detroit, with temperatures in the mid-40s.

Monitoring Kyle Williams: The Bills didn't downgrade defensive tackle Kyle Williams or linebacker Nigel Bradham to out for the game, indicating that both made the trip to Detroit. They're both listed as doubtful. Chances are neither will play, although we'll monitor if either are tested by trainers in pre-game warmups.

Final inactives: The Bills have already declared guard Chris Williams and wide receiver Marcus Easley as out for the game. If Kyle Williams and Bradham can't play, the Bills will need to declare three additional inactives. They were in the same spot last week; running back Bryce Brown, cornerback Ross Cockrell and tackle Cyrus Kouandjio were the healthy scratches.

Wrolstad gets the call: Craig Wrolstad, a veteran NFL official who is in his first season as a referee, will officiate today's game.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

While the Pro Bowler was in a T-shirt and shorts and riding an exercise bike while reporters were present at Friday's practice, the Bills listed Williams as a limited participant on their injury report.

Linebacker Nigel Bradham (knee) is also doubtful. Like Williams, he was listed as a limited participant in Friday's practice despite not being spotted by reporters during their period of availability.

Both Bradham and Williams were listed as "did not participate" in practices Wednesday and Thursday.

If Williams doesn't play, the Bills are expected to use a combination of Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles in his place alongside Marcell Dareus. Rookie Preston Brown is expected to start in Bradham's place if he cannot play.

Meanwhile, the Bills declared starting left guard Chris Williams (back) and special teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) as out for Sunday's game. Rookie Cyril Richardson is expected to make his second consecutive start in Williams' place.

Running back Bryce Brown, who was not on the practice field when reporters were present Friday, was not on the injury report.

Here is the Bills' full injury report:

Out:
WR Marcus Easley (knee; did not participate)
G Chris Williams (back; did not participate)

Doubtful:
DT Kyle Williams (knee; limited participation)
LB Nigel Bradham (knee; limited participation)

Probable:
CB Ron Brooks (shoulder; limited participation)
LB Randell Johnson (knee; limited participation)
WR Sammy Watkins (ribs; full participation)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion; full participation)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills were without a pair of defensive starters at Wednesday's practice.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams and linebacker Nigel Bradham, who both left Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans with knee injuries, were in the practice bubble while the rest of the team was on the field. Bradham, who was wearing a brace on his left knee, worked with trainers.

Starting left guard Chris Williams (back) and special teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) also remained out.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) and linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) were both back at practice Wednesday.

Source: Marcus Easley to miss 4-6 weeks

September, 22, 2014
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills special-teams ace Marcus Easley is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained MCL, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Easley was carted to the locker room with the knee injury in the second half of Sunday's 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

He is considered the Bills' best special-teams player, finishing last season with a team-high 21 special-teams tackles.

The UConn product has two career receptions as a wide receiver in four seasons.

Rapid Reaction: Buffalo Bills

September, 21, 2014
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A few thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

What it means: The Bills fall back down to Earth and slide back into the AFC East pack with their first loss of the season. After trailing for a total of 4½ minutes through their first two games, both wins, the Bills got into an early hole Sunday and couldn't recover. Credit the Chargers' offense, which at one point in the third quarter nearly doubled up the Bills in time of possession. Receiver Malcom Floyd (two catches, 98 yards) and tight end Ladarius Green (four catches, 64 yards) proved tough matchups for a Bills defense that showed holes. A run-first Bills offense couldn't keep up.

Stock watch: CB Leodis McKelvin, down. It wasn't a good day for either of the Bills' starting cornerbacks -- McKelvin or Stephon Gilmore -- but McKelvin in particular struggled. He gave up Floyd's 49-yard catch that led to a Chargers field goal late in the second quarter and was flagged for a 31-yard defensive pass interference penalty in the third. Surprisingly, the Bills started McKelvin and Gilmore over Corey Graham, who has arguably been the Bills' top-performing cornerback early this season.

Penalties add up: The Bills had numerous penalties that both stalled the Bills' offense and gave the Chargers' offense added life. Notably, running back C.J. Spiller had a 29-yard run called back by a holding penalty on tight end Scott Chandler in the second quarter. That's not the way to win a game. The Bills had 11 penalties for 101 yards, the second-to-last of which was intentional grounding against EJ Manuel in the end zone for a safety.

Watkins quiet: The Bills' offense received a boost from rookie Sammy Watkins last week, but the connection between Manuel and the fourth overall pick wasn't there Sunday. Watkins' first catch -- for a 3-yard gain -- came early in the fourth quarter. He caught two passes on eight targets from Manuel.

Multiple starters injured: Left guard Chris Williams left in the first half with a back injury, which has been a recurring ailment for the veteran this season. Starting safety Da'Norris Searcy injured his ankle early in the game, returned, but later left for the locker room. Special teams ace Marcus Easley was carted to the locker room in the second half with a knee injury.

Game ball: RB Fred Jackson. After his 38-yard run to seal the Bills' Week 1 win, Jackson quipped, "I'm old, but I can still play." He proved it again Sunday by darting through defenders on an 11-yard catch-and-run for the Bills' only touchdown. That third-quarter score came on one of only two red zone trips for the Bills in the game. Jackson, 33, caught eight passes for 78 yards. He also gained 34 yards on six carries.

What's next: The Bills, now 2-1, have back-to-back road trips coming up. They face the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium next Sunday before traveling to Detroit in Week 5.

Bills Bubble Watch: Marcus Easley

July, 19, 2014
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(Continuing a month-long series analyzing Buffalo Bills players who are on the roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2014.)

Name: Marcus Easley

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 26

2013 stats: 16 games (no starts), two catches, 13 yards, 21 special teams tackles

Chance of making 53-man roster: 80 percent

Why he should make it: Among all of our "Bubble Watch" players, Easley is at the top of the heap and the most likely to make the roster this season. He was the Bills' best special teams player last season, recording 21 tackles -- almost twice as many as any other player. Even if Easley doesn't contribute to the Bills' offense he is worth keeping for his impact on special teams. He wasn't the problem with that unit last season.

Why he shouldn't make it: The only reason we'll consider Easley as "on the bubble" is because of a potential squeeze on roster spots at skill positions. The Bills may try to get receivers Chris Hogan and T.J. Graham, as well as fullback Evan Rodriguez, onto their final roster. Each of those players could contribute on special teams and offense. If, for whatever reason, Easley's contributions on special teams this preseason aren't up to snuff, then his roster spot could become tenuous. It's an unlikely scenario but one we'll account for in this space.

Closest competition: Hogan, Graham, Rodriguez
Back in September, we broke down the Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster, position-by-position. Now that the Bills' season has ended, we'll review those grades:

Position: Wide receiver (preseason grades)

SNAP COUNTS
Robert Woods -- 78.4 percent
T.J. Graham -- 70.9 percent
Stevie Johnson -- 60.4 percent
Marquise Goodwin -- 27.0 percent
Chris Hogan -- 16.1 percent
Marcus Easley -- 5.3 percent

DEPTH

Preseason take: Absent Woods or Goodwin being a major disappointment, the Bills are deep at receiver. The one question mark lies in the No. 2 receiver: Is it Woods or Graham? Since the Bills anticipate playing a majority of three-receiver sets, that may not necessarily matter on paper. However, if an opponent's top cornerback is able to take away Johnson, then Woods or Graham will need to step up and put defenses on notice. Grade: A-

Postseason review: Neither Woods nor Goodwin was a disappointment, but the oversight here may have been with Graham. In terms of snap counts, Woods and Graham wound up as the top two receivers. However, if Stevie Johnson played a full 16 games -- he missed four games -- then Graham's playing time would have slipped. For being on the field nearly three-quarters of the time, finishing with 23 receptions was a disappointment for the second-year receiver. Had Graham picked up more slack for Johnson's absence, then the depth at this position would have been better, but this grade was too generous.

RELIABILITY

Preseason take: Johnson has played three consecutive 16-game seasons, but missed time this training camp with a hamstring injury. Another tweak could always keep him out a game or two, but that isn't a major concern. As with most receivers coming out of the draft, there will be questions with Woods and Goodwin until they prove themselves on a consistent basis. Dropped passes in particular are something to look out for with Woods. Grade: B

Postseason review: Johnson did miss two games after tweaking his lower back, and later, his hip. He also battled through hamstring and groin issues for parts of the season, so injuries were more than a minor concern for the Bills' top receiver. Meanwhile, Woods missed time with an ankle injury and Goodwin broke his hand before dealing with hamstring, elbow, and knee injuries later in the season. When they were on the field, both rookies made strides towards proving themselves, but because of the rash of injuries at this position, this grade should have been lower.

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