Each and every year, there is a few "it" players that fans of the Buffalo Bills always want to know about.
They may not necessarily start or have shown much, but something about them or their game has brought on a fever pitch, so much so that there is a constant desire to know how that player is doing throughout training camp.
Bills wide receiver Marcus Easley has been one of those guys now three years running.
It's hard to ignore why fans are really interested in his abilities. At 6-foot-2 and 217-pounds, the former UConn star has all the measurables that draftniks of the NFL Combine-era drool over. It even looked as though Easley turned a corner last pre-season against Detroit. Starting in place of the injured Donald Jones, the wideout looked on the verge of cracking the starting lineup.
But we all know what happened next. Easley received the news that he had a heart ailment, and his season was over before it could even start. This coming on the heels of his rookie year where he missed the entire campaign due to a knee injury.
Even still, the number-two receiver job is still an open competition -- and Easley knows it.
"It's a wonderful opportunity. You couldn't ask for a better situation to be in," he said during his appearance on The Howard Simon Show Thursday. "But there's a lot of work that needs to be done and it's all up for grabs. Whoever it is coming out of camp, he's the guy."
Easley looks to be in a battle with Jones, Derek Hagan and T.J. Graham to be that starting wide receiver opposite Stevie Johnson.
You can hear more from Easley, including how he felt last season when he got the news of his heart ailment and how he stayed ready for another chance, by listening to the player below: