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Fitzpatrick has high praise for WR Easley

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By Kevin Fishbain

In addition to having two solid running backs and a quarterback that the team is very confident in, the Bills are deep at wide receiver with young talent. Stevie Johnson had a breakout season in 2010, veteran Lee Evans is still effective and Roscoe Parrish and David Nelson performed well in the slot. Behind them is 2010 fourth-round WR Marcus Easley, who missed his entire rookie season with knee injuries.

In an interview on WGR 550-AM in Buffalo last week, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's response to a question about Easley's progress showed the quarterback's respect for Easley, who has not played an NFL game yet.

"He's a beast," Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick added that the 6-2, 215-pound Easley is a "big guy but still has that top-end speed." The signalcaller did point out how Easley is hurt by the lockout, as he needs to be brought up to speed before he starts moving up the depth chart.

Easley is raw, and Fitzpatrick spoke to that. But Easley is smart with upside, and he showed his work ethic in college, walking on to the Connecticut squad before catching 48-893-8 in 13 games as a senior. The Bills have the fortune of depth, allowing Easley to continue to develop. The team, though, clearly sees the potential for Easley to one day blossom into a vertical threat.

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