Throughout the season, we'll catch up with players for a weekly "Get to Know" Q&A feature here that'll hit on some off-the-field questions.
This week, Buffalo Bills tight end MarQueis Gray discusses his use of social media, how he could've been a baseball player, the tight end position in this offense and more...
Those who follow you on social media see how close you are with your family. What's that like?
Gray: I have twin boys. They're three years old. They love being around the guys, love being in the locker room, love playing sports. I have an older daughter who's a teenager in high school. She's an athlete as well and is a big help when I'm not there with my wife. Our family is really close and really active.
When they come into town, what do you have planned?
Gray: They saw everything. Mainly, my kids want to come into the locker room, come into the fieldhouse and see the guys. That's the only thing they ask about when I FaceTime with them. So that's pretty much what they'll do the first couple days and when we get more adjusted and settled in, we'll probably go to Chuck E Cheese or something, anything they want to do on Mondays because that's our off day.
What is the FaceTime routine with your family?
Gray: I usually send my wife a text in the morning and then after practice I'll FaceTime them because they're running around also. We're also in the process of looking for a place in Minnesota, too, so she's FaceTime'ing me places there. And the kids in the background, we FaceTime afterward.
What's one thing people don't know about you?
Gray: That's a tough one. I put everything out there. Snapchat and social media, I'm always having fun. Goofy. I have a new favorite show, I guess. The Blacklist. They have Season 2 out now, so I have something to do after I'm done looking at my notes and everything.
A lot of guys are really private and don't want to do that. What prompted you to want to share your life with everybody?
Gray: It's just something I've always done. I'm always open, always friendly. I've been a quarterback, too, so I've always had that personality to interact with people also. So it really hasn't been that big of a deal to me.
If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?
Gray: If I wasn't playing football, I'd be coaching or something. When I was out of college, I worked at Target in the electronics department. That was fun, but it's not something I want to do. I want to be active. My major in college was Youth Studies, so working with kids. Anything coaching or working with kids.
What kind of music are you into?
Gray: I'm into R&B. I like the slow jams. Just something I can chill out to. I have a wide variety of selections but mainly I listen to R&B. ... I like Drake. Drake's got some nice R&B songs. Trey Songz. Ty Dolla $ign. I've got a big variety of guys I listen to.
If you could have dinner with any three people, who would it be?
Gray: Denzel Washington would be one. Halle Berry. And Eva Longoria.
They'd be fighting for you then?
Gray: I'd entertain them both. We'd have a good time.
Do you have any hobbies outside of the game?
Gray: I'm a homebody. I like being at home, laying in bed, watching TV. I have to have my full room dark and the AC at full blast while I'm watching TV or something. I don't like the sun.
Why is that?
Gray: I don't know, I don't know! Every time I picture the sun I get hot and start sweating. So I have black curtains in my room and the AC blowing and I'm watching TV.
So when you're locked down like that, what are you watching?
Gray: I'm either on Netflix or the Discovery Channel. I like those shows of surviving in the woods, "Man vs. Wild." I love those shows.
Do you have a favorite sport/team outside of football?
Gray: It's all football for me. I joke but I wish I still played baseball. That's what I played growing up --- I played a lot. That was my second sport. I liked the Indians growing up. And one of my favorite players was Ken Griffey Jr., Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, all those guys.
You seem bigger now, continuing to make that QB-to-TE transition, what's the biggest thing you had to get down?
Gray: My upper-body strength, mainly for blocking. I knew that was going to be part of the job description playing tight end. I've always been able to run and catch the ball, but as far as blocking goes, it was one of those things I had to get more help on.
As a quarterback, did you lift much weights in high school?
Gray: I lifted but, being a quarterback, you really don't lift that hard upper body. I was always strong in my lower body. Now, I'm just trying to catch up with everybody with my upper body.
When did it click that "I'm a tight end now?"
Gray: When I felt like I had a grasp of it? I'd probably saying my second season after I had that first year of learning all the techniques and actually playing in games my rookie year and being able to go into the off-season and working with the guys I felt more comfortable being able to move around and play tight end.
You called this "Tight End Heaven." After training camp and the preseason, how important is this position to what Greg Roman wants to do?
Gray: I would say it's the second (most important) on this offense. Behind the quarterback, it's tight end. You have to learn so much. You could be a lineman, a fullback or a receiver so you have to learn the whole playbook to play tight end.
How big is the playbook?
Gray: It's pretty big, pretty big. Even though we're getting into the game, we're still installing stuff, too. Our job as tight ends/fullbacks, you're never done learning.