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Easley excelling as a gunner

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2013 – 10:53 am

Marcus Easley might not be getting a prime opportunity on offense at wide receiver, but he’s certainly made the most of his role on special teams. Lining up primarily as a gunner on both punt and kick return, Easley has very quietly become a dominant force on Buffalo’s coverage units.

Easley not only leads the Bills’ special teams unit in tackles through the first six games, but the league as well with 10 tackles. Long snapper Garrison Sanborn is second with seven.

Perhaps even more impressive is his league-leading total are all solo tackles. His two closest pursuers for the special teams tackle lead, Tennessee’s Tommie Campbell and New England’s Dane Fletcher both have a combination of solo and assisted tackles to reach their current totals of eight tackles.

With Easley it’s been all him. The receiver’s special teams exploits have been instrumental in Buffalo’s current perch atop the league in forcing the most opponent drive starts inside their own 20-yard line with nine. Dallas and San Francisco are tied for second in the league with eight.

He’s also a pretty big reason why Buffalo stands fourth in the league in kick coverage allowing opponents an average return of just 20.4 yards.

“On special teams Marcus Easley is a player who has done a really, really good job,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “He’s really stepped it up for us.”


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