Monday, December 1, 2014

Bills' Gray surprised by early offensive contributions


Buffalo Bills tight end MarQueis Gray had only five days to prepare for Sunday's matchup with the Browns. He's apparently a quick study.

Gray, a safety-net acquisition by Buffalo following the knee injury to Chris Gragg, didn't even look at the team's playbook until the Tuesday preceding the team's 26-10 win. He did, however, wind up seeing nearly 45 percent of the offensive snaps, tallying 71 yards on two huge completions that included a late fourth-quarter grab that led to a field goal and helped put the game out of reach.

It was a role the 25-year-old didn't expect going into the reunion game against his former team.

"I was involved more than I thought I would be," Gray said via the John Murphy Show Monday. "Being in that personnel the Bills have at tight end, and that's something our offense focuses on. They asked me to be a part of it, and coach Adkins and myself prepared for it, and they just let me go out there and play."

Gray saw some action at Ralph Wilson Stadium as a member of the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year, a game the Bills narrowly won, 17-16. For a player who's bounced around through four teams in his two years in the league, the former Badger is hoping his performance Sunday opens some eyes and leads to a longer stay in Buffalo.

"Hopefully it gives our organization a glimpse of what I'm capable of. I feel confident and I just like to have fun. Hopefully it gives them the opportunity to believe in me."

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