Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Easley the odd man out in Bills' receiving corps?


The Buffalo Bills had somewhat of a training camp battle for the team's No. 2 receiver spot on the depth chart.

But the real competition was about staying on the roster.

Stevie Johnson is the Bills' clear-cut No. 1 wideout, but rookie T.J. Graham and returners Donald Jones, David Nelson, Derek Hagan and Marcus Easley were jockeying for position in the Bills' oft-used three and four-receiver sets.

As the Bills finished up their training camp session at St. John Fisher College, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick discussed chemistry developed with his wideouts.

He left out a name (actually a few), which was likely unintentional but very telling at where Buffalo's receiver situation is at.

“Right away David Nelson started out strong and then didn’t practice much, but he’s a guy that I know I can rely on,” Fitzpatrick said, according to “I think my relationship with Derek Hagan and Donald Jones has really grown in terms of getting comfortable with those guys.

"Making sure we’re on the same page in how they run their routes. So we’ve made a lot of progress in that regard through training camp and I think it’s just going to get better.”

Fitz didn't bring up Graham's name, but Graham was a third-round pick in the 2012 draft and has been given every opportunity to set up shop opposite Johnson. There's no way Buffalo parts ways with Graham.

Easley, however, could be on his way out.

He's reportedly underperformed in camp and isn't guaranteed to beat out Ruvell Martin or Naaman Roosevelt if the team were to keep six receivers.

And with running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller's impact in the passing game, tight end Scott Chandler's pass-catching abilities and quarterback Brad Smith's versatility, Buffalo likely won't need that many wideouts.

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