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Parrish signs with Chargers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2012 – 4:44 am

Bills free agent Roscoe Parrish has landed in the AFC West.

Multiple reports say Parrish signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers last night (April 3rd). Parrish also acknowledged Charger fans that welcomed him on twitter.

roscoe parrish RT salute…. @TheACap: The chargers made a great signing with @scoe11 #endofspecialteamnightmares

There was strong indication that Parrish was not going to be re-signed by the Bills this offseason following a pair of injury-plagued seasons.

Parrish can be an electrifying player, but missed half of the 2010 season with a broken wrist, and an ankle injury in Week 2 last season forced him to miss the last 14 games in 2011.

The emergence of David Nelson as a productive slot receiver for the Bills also helped make Parrish expendable.


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Bills free agents now on market

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2012 – 3:05 pm

Here’s the list of Bills players that are now on the free agent market after not being re-signed by Buffalo prior to the deadline.

OT Demetrius Bell
RB Tashard Choice
CB Reggie Corner
LB Andra Davis
WR Derek Hagan
WR Roscoe Parrish
K Dave Rayner
S Bryan Scott
LB Reggie Torbor

Bills GM Buddy Nix told Buffalobills.com earlier today that the team made contract offers to Bell and Scott, but did not get a counter offer back, so he expected them to hit the market. Keep in mind that both players could still re-sign with Buffalo, but they’ll be competing with other NFL teams now.

With the emergence and more consistent availability of David Nelson week to week over the past two seasons in the slot, it’s not expected that Roscoe Parrish will be actively pursued by Buffalo.

Restricted free agent RB Bruce Hall was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Bills making him an unrestricted free agent as well.


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Fan Friday 12-23

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2011 – 12:30 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you Bills fans. Though what we’ve seen on the field of late has been disappointing hopefully you have family and good health to be thankful for. Let’s get to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 - Chris,

Happy Holidays and a great 2012 to you and yours!

I have concerns about the receiving corp next year. A playmaker opposite Stevie has got to emerge. Have the coaches seen enough to make them think Brad Smith could be that guy, or do you think we need to invest a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a potential no. 2 WR?

Also, you’ve stated that Gailey places a high value on Roscoe Parrish’s abilities, and that you expect Roscoe to stick. I, however, believe that David Nelson has truly earned the slot receiver spot. I’d hate to see David lose playing time, he will only get better. Will the coaches simply hand over the slot receiver role to a healthy Roscoe?

Thanks so much,
Kenny in Indiana 

CB: First, I believe that receiver considerations in the draft will be predicated on what happens, or doesn’t happen, with Stevie Johnson and a new contract. If he’s re-signed then they’re not using a pick that high on a receiver. I’m not sure Brad Smith is considered to be that guy though he has had some nice performances.

I think this organization still has faith in Marcus Easley as a future #2, but I’d be willing to bet they invest in some insurance be it the draft or with a second-tier free agent, again assuming Stevie is back with a new deal. 

As for the Parrish and Nelson debate I believe they’re mutually exclusive. The Bills most popular formation on offense is the 4-by-1 set. When everyone was healthy it was Nelson and Parrish as the two inside receivers. I think that’s an ideal pairing as Chan and the offensive staff see it. Their skill sets are dramatically different, but both are very effective. Having them both on the field makes the other one more dangerous.

So I see it not as a competition, but a combination that can be lethal.

 

2 – Hey Chris,

Why is it that coach Gailey is still calling plays for the offense? He stated in his press conference just after he was hired that he would take care of it for a while and then hire someone to call plays. Please remind him of his own comments so I can start watching the Bills again. 

Thank you. 
Lou Carey
CB: With all due respect Lou, I think you’re misconstruing what coach Gailey said at that press conference. In addressing his play calling duties at the press conference in which he was hired, Gailey said he would “eventually” hand those duties off to a coordinator (not a new hire by the way) and that would presumably be Curtis Modkins. However, in speaking to him about that very issue at the beginning of this season I got the sense from coach Gailey that he wants to turn the team into a playoff team first before discussing any personal duties he might be willing to relinquish.

Suffice to say that until he has this team in a position where he feels it’s suitable to delegate duties he won’t do it.

 

3 – Hi Chris,

I’ve seen some articles lately about Kyle Williams, Roscoe Parrish, and Marcus Easley as they work back from injuries. What is the lastest on Shawne Merriman? Is he making progress and can we expect to see him back in a Bills uniform next season? 

Thanks,
Jeff

CB: I just spoke off the record with Shawne this week. He’s hesitant to discuss his rehab because he doesn’t want to get everyone’s hopes up about his play until he’s actually producing on the field. He felt bad about how everything went down this season after he showed glimpses of what he can be for this team in the preseason only to have to shut it down midseason with little regular season production to show for his efforts. I respect that approach so we agreed to address his rehab sometime early next calendar year. 

Merriman, who is already jogging on a treadmill, had his Achilles repaired (it never ruptured) shortly after he went on I-R and was given a four-month rehab prognosis similar to that of Kyle Williams. He said that he would be good to go come spring workouts so we hope to catch up with him at that time.

I think a lot of fans have the misconception that Merriman won’t be back next season, but he’s still under contract number one, and number two he should be as healthy as he’s been in three years when he is back. Finally the Bills have no other proven pass rush options on their roster as they head into the offseason and rank last in the league in sacks.

4 – Chris,

It is VERY clear that we need a better pass rush.  Do you feel OBD believes that Shawne Merriman can return to form or because a healthy Merriman would make our D much better at every level.  If not our #1 pick has to be an OLB in my opinion.

Steve

CB: I think the Bills believe that Merriman has a good chance to return to form, but with Buffalo having the ability to address that position more heavily in this upcoming draft I expect them to fortify the position with youth as well. Merriman’s absence in the second half of the season showed just how much they are lacking at the OLB position in terms of a player that can provide a consistent pass rush. So I think they address that position with talent in the draft and perhaps a second tier free agent with a history of proven success.

 

5 – Chris,

Great job as always with you covering the Bills!
My question is: Will the Bills ever use Blue pants with their away jerseys? 

Thank You, 
Francis Novoa
Indian Rocks Beach, FL

CB: Thanks first for the kind words. With respect to Buffalo’s uniform I have heard nothing to indicate that the mythical blue pants that have seemingly enraptured the Bills faithful concerning the team’s uniform will come into existence for the 2012 season.

I realize there were prototypes out there in cyberspace and it wouldn’t shock me if they existed in the initial concepts of uniform design. But to my knowledge at this point we’re looking at white pants only moving forward. If for some reason that changes I’ll be sure to pass it along.


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Fan Friday 12-16

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2011 – 2:34 pm

Three games left for the Bills, but Fan Friday is here for you each and every week. Let’s get to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Chris,
Can you confirm that it would cost the Bills $9.4M to franchise Stevie Johnson for next year?

Thanks,
Jason K.

CB: Your number is in the range projected for 2012. In 2011 the franchise tag for a wide receiver was $11.3 million, but that number is going to come down considerably in 2012. That’s because under the new CBA the franchise tag figure will no longer be the average of the top five salaries at the position. Instead it will be the average of the highest-paid player at the position in each of the last five years.

So the number won’t be reached with just salary figures from 2011, but from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. That’s going to drive the figure down. Estimates are pegging the wide receiver figure to be between $9.4 and $9.8 million depending on whether the salary cap stays flat at $120M or goes up to $125M.

I’m not convinced that the Bills will make use of the franchise tag, especially in light of reports that Johnson is looking for less than the projected franchise figure per season. Signing him up long term would likely prove to be the better option.

 

2 – Chris,
What day does free agency start in 2012? I heard that it’s starting later this year. Thanks for your help!

Brandon Pease

CB: Free agency will start later than the typical March 1st date in 2012. The market will not open until March 13th and it will open at 4 pm, not midnight.

 

3 - Hi Chris,

I know we signed Fitz to a long term deal, but as disgruntled Bills fan I think we should trade all our draft picks this year for Luck & next year’s # 1 if we have to. They’re saying Luck is better than Elway & Manning so I can see trading all those picks. If we can’t get Luck, how about moving up to get Barkley? We need a franchise QB & Fitz is not the answer. At best he is probably a 8-8 QB. I like Fitz, but he is not going to take this team to the next level. Also why don’t we go back to playing the 4-3 defense permanently. Warren Sapp & Jamie Dukes said that in the beginning of the season. Forget the 3-4 it does not work. Williams & Dareus in the middle who is going to run on us. thank you!!

ICON77

CB: First of all to say he’s better than Manning or Elway is not something I’ve heard anyone say. All I’ve heard is he’s the best QB prospect since Manning in ’98. Trading your entire draft for one player is foolhardy. I respect the need for a team to have a franchise quarterback in this league now more than ever, but the holes that still exist on this team are too numerous to toss away an entire draft’s worth of choices for one player.

I think there might be more merit to your 4-3 defense request. My only concern there is where do you put Nick Barnett? Shep is the bigger and stouter run defender so he would presumably be your MLB. Barnett could probably play WLB because he runs well, but having never seen him in that role I’m not sure about it.

 

4 – Hey Chris,
With the way things are going and their remaining schedule, a 5-11 finish seems very possible. It’s still a little premature for that, but hypothetically if that were to happen, that would get Buffalo a very nice draft pick, so do you think they should take a quarterback like Matt Barkley or Landry Jones, if one is still available when they pick?

At the very least, it would give Fitzpatrick competition for his job, so if he doesn’t perform, he’s not going to start. If Fitz can prove himself and bring back the magic next year, then you could always trade a guy like Barkley or Jones for a very nice return. If Fitz doesn’t work out, then you’ve got a very promising young quarterback to take over. With Fitz’s contract, it would suck having him as a backup, but at the same time, you can’t start him if he’s not performing just because of his contract.

Thanks,
Jack

CB: I think Barkley won’t be there assuming the Bills pick around 7 or 8. Landry Jones would be there, but I’m not sure he’s deserving of that value (top 10). Knowing Buffalo is committed to Fitz I think it makes getting a top flight pass rusher trump everything if the right one is there when the Bills are on the clock.

That’s not to say your QB idea doesn’t have merit. If the right signal caller is there when the Bills pick Buddy Nix said last year that you have to take him no matter what. So it shouldn’t be completely dismissed.

 

5 - Chris,

Happy Holidays and a great 2012 to you and yours!

I have concerns about the receiving corps next year. A playmaker opposite Stevie has got to emerge. Have the coaches seen enough to make them think Brad Smith could be that guy, or do you think we need to invest a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a potential no. 2 WR?

Also, you’ve stated that Gailey places a high value on Roscoe Parrish’s abilities, and that you expect Roscoe to stick. I, however, believe that David Nelson has truly earned the slot receiver spot. I’d hate to see David lose playing time, he will only get better. Will the coaches simply hand over the slot receiver role to a healthy Roscoe?

Thanks so much,
Kenny in Indiana

CB: I still think Roscoe can be a valuable contributor to the offense, but I don’t believe it has to be at the expense of David Nelson. This team’s most popular formation when everyone was healthy was a 4 WR, 1 back set. So Parrish and Nelson can be on the field at the same time. Minus Roscoe and Easley there was a lack of top end speed at the position on the field. Speed isn’t everything at receiver, but it helps.

As for putting a draft priority on receiver I would expect them to consider a speed wideout in the middle rounds knowing Easley’s delicate injury history. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.


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Roscoe wants to be back

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2011 – 6:22 pm

His last two seasons have ended prematurely on injured reserve, but fully healthy now, Roscoe Parrish hopes to be back with the Bills in 2012.

Parrish, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, wants to re-sign with the club that made him a second-round draft choice in 2005.

“Yeah I would love to be back here,” he said. “I’ve been with this team my whole career. Most definitely I’d love to be back here. I just want to play football and get the opportunity again. Seize the moment and take advantage of it.”

Parrish is back in town running agility drills and working out in the team’s weight room. He’s expecting to be medically cleared within a week and knows the importance of heading into the offseason healthy.

“You don’t want to think about the negative things, you just want to think about the positive,” he said. “The good thing about it is I’ll be cleared before the season is over. Today I ran agility drills and ran some routes pretty good. I’m just trying to get back in shape now.

“You break the film down and you can see my return skills and what I can do in the slot. So I can bring that to a team. It’s been unfortunate with the injuries, but it’s up to them. We’ll see what they’re going to do. On my end I have to continue to work out and build my base and get back in shape.”


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Fan Friday 9-30

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2011 – 12:29 pm

3-0 looking to go 4-0 in Cincy. Let’s see if the boys can keep it rolling. Keep sending your questions to AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 - Chris, 

In looking at the changes in the roster since Chan has taken over it looks like almost every position player can either line up at different spots or play more than one position. Brad Smith can play QB,KR, and some WR. Every O-Lineman can swing around and most DB’s can play n the box or go deep into coverage. Who besides Fitz is locked into one position? Can you explain his thinking? Are they losing talent for versatility? How is he maximizing the roster?  

Thanks, 
Josh

CB: Chan and his staff like players that are versatile because it affords the staff more flexibility and also provides better depth without tying up as many roster spots. Even at receiver, all of the wideouts are required to know all the positions. This enables them to line up anywhere in the formation on any given down making it harder for opposing defenses to match up.

With the possible exception of their offensive tackles, they also like having offensive linemen that can play two positions, knowing they only like to dress seven linemen for a game.

The only other players really locked into one position are probably Shawne Merriman and the tight ends, though the tight ends factor in on special teams. So versatility helps with game plan and depth. Pretty valuable.

 

2 - First I would just like to thank you for how you keep us updated on everything Bills.  My question is, have you heard anything about signing Fitzy long term and was Thigpen’s contract future starter money or normal backup money?

Thanks, Jimmy in Hamburg

CB: To my knowledge talks are ongoing with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team. As for Thigpen he signed a three-year deal, but not for starter money.

 

3 - Hey Chris,

First, thanks for always keeping us fans well informed. I was watching the KC game and I saw one of their safeties blitzing Fitz, and I started wondering, with coaches being able to communicate with QBs during the game, are they able to speak to Fitz while the play is happening? Are they able to warn him mid play of a blitz? Or is the audio shut down once the huddle is broken?

Aaron

CB: The communication is shut off with 15 seconds left on the play clock. It’s rare that a team breaks the huddle in time for a quarterback to get up to the line in time to be counseled by a coordinator through the radio headset.

 

4 - Chris thanks for all your great inside news for our Bills. I check your column several times a day even in the off season. The O-line didnt give up a sack. The one thing that bothers me is I dont see Fitz looking off the safeties. I haven’t seen any pump fakes, or rotating to the other side of the field. I know I cant see everything going on from tv, or even at the games, but it appears he commits to one side of the field on a given play. It doesn’t take away from the terrific job he is doing, and the success the Bills are having. Just something I have noticed. Please tell me the films prove different.

Thanks Gary

CB: Gary, I’m afraid watching the game on TV is betraying you. Fitz does a great job of looking off the safeties. Sometimes he does it so quickly off the snap that perhaps you don’t see it. TV viewing doesn’t cater very well to observing this trait in Fitz’s game, but he is very, very good at it. I would recommend you look up our Top 10 Performances from 2010 in the media center at Buffalobills.com and look for Fitz’s game against Baltimore or Cincinnati and you’ll see how he freezes the safeties in those games. Believe me he’s good at it.

 

5 - Chris,

Do you think it is time for the Bills to part ways with Roscoe Parrish?  I like him as a player, but he just cannot stay on the field.  I don’t think the Bills are losing anything by going with David Nelson full time in the slot.  What are your thoughts?

- Chris in Binghamton

CB: I’m not going to deny that he’s been battling injuries of late with his last two seasons finding him on injured reserve. He’s not a big body, but he is dynamic and pretty tough for an undersized player.

I agree that the team loses very little in terms of production in the slot with David Nelson in there because he’s just as big a mismatch as Roscoe, just in a different way.

I just know that Chan Gailey values Roscoe’s talents, so I’d be a bit surprised if they cut ties with him.


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Move needed at WR?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2011 – 4:39 pm

With only four healthy receivers and a sore Stevie Johnson, Buffalo’s coaching staff is taking a wait and see approach to addressing their receiving corps.

With Roscoe Parrish out  more “long term than short term” as head coach Chan Gailey put it, he’s still not committed to adding to the roster at the receiver position. That decision sounds as though it hinges on what they hear from doctors about Parrish’s ankle injury suffered Sunday.

“Let’s see how the reports go,” said Gailey. “He’s supposed to see some more people later this week. We’re going to look at all the possibilities. There are some good guys that we know that are available and if it looks like it’s more long term than short term with Roscoe then we may have to make a move. If it’s not as long term as we think then we may not. We may just wait and see.”

If the Bills choose to wait until later in the week and hear the prognosis or course of action for Parrish’s injury before making a move, if a move is needed it’ll likely be one of the team’s two practice squad receivers, Kamar Aiken or Naaman Roosevelt.

Roosevelt has more game experience having appeared in six games last season for Buffalo, but Stevie Johnson’s injury could play a factor in such a decision as well. Aiken at 6’2″ and 210 pounds is a true outside receiver, while Roosevelt is more a slot wideout, though he has lined up outside. Should Johnson need to be paced through games with his groin injury, Aiken could be a better fit knowing David Nelson is technically filling Parrish’s role already.


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Urbik, Parrish out indefinitely

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2011 – 4:31 pm

Sunday’s win for the Bills did not come without a price, RG Kraig Urbik and WR Roscoe Parrish are both out indefinitely after sustaining injuries against the Raiders.

“Kraig is going to be a few weeks and they’re re-evaluating Roscoe, but it’s going to be a while on Roscoe,” said Gailey. “Guys that we weren’t exactly planning on are going to have to come on and play.”

Urbik was replaced in the game by Chad Rinehart at right guard. Roscoe’s role was filled by David Nelson. With Parrish on the shelf for a while, Naaman Roosevelt figures to be a strong consideration for promotion to the active roster from the team’s practice squad.


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Fan Friday 9-9

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2011 – 12:46 pm

Hey Bills fans, we’re finally here! The 2011 opener. Hard to believe after the wacky offseason we had. Let’s get to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Chris, Coach Gailey admitted the Bills lack of depth on the offensive line. Bell isn’t even a top half of the league LT and if he gets injured, we are really sunk. Is there any chance Buddy picks up a veteran tackle like a Flozell Adams or Max Starks as insurance? I just don’t see us being very successful right now due to lack of experience on the depth chart.

Bryan Grosse Ile, MI

CB: Adding a veteran tackle does not appear to be in the cards. Max Starks is coming off neck surgery and is not on any roster. Adams is still out there, but on his last legs. Buffalo added Sam Young off waivers to back up right tackle with Hairston on the left. Not experienced depth mind you, but depth with potential for sure. I understand your concern because even coach Gailey said they don’t have any experienced depth and that it must be developed. Let’s just hope injury doesn’t require the Bills to call on that green depth any time soon.

 

2 - Hi Chris,
My question is about the Bills quarterbacks. I think that the Bills are in a great situation. I really like Fitz for now because we know he can play but also because he can be a mentor to the younger guys. I think Thigpen and become good, but I am really interested in Levi Brown. I think he has the skills and just needs more reps. Do you think the Bills see him as the potential quarterback of the future? Go bills!! Michael

CB: I think it’s hard to say that they see him as the Bills quarterback of the future. He’s on the practice squad here for 2011 and the Bills made long term investments in both Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith. Now Brad Smith is not a full-time quarterback, but he and Thigpen are ahead of him in the pecking order. That makes it difficult to see Brown suddenly ascending and surpassing both of them come next season.

 

3 - Jim Leonhard has been a starter ever since he left the Bills. Could you please explain to me why he was ever released by the Bills. The decision to let him go made no sense. Please advise.
Go Bills
Richard

CB: Jim Leonhard was unfortunately in a bad spot when he was released by the Bills in 2008. He had been a contributor at free safety appearing in 38 games and making 7 starts at free safety in 2006 and 2007. He split time as the starter at free safety with George Wilson in 2007, a player he largely taught how to play the position after George flipped over from receiver.

Come 2008 however, the Bills had added Bryan Scott in free agency, still had Whitner and wanted to give Ko Simpson a chance to develop at free safety after he missed almost the entire 2007 season with a leg injury. Dick Jauron believed in Simpson’s abilities and chose to make him the starter in 2008. Wilson was his backup and Scott and Whitner were the strong safeties. It left Leonhard as the odd man out.

Of all the safeties Leonhard was the best return man with respect to special teams, but the team already had Roscoe Parrish for punt return duties and the other safeties could help more on coverage teams, so he became expendable in Jauron’s eyes.

 

4 - Hi Chris,
Now that Lee Evans is a Baltimore Raven, who will be the Buffalo Bills deep threat? Roscoe Parrish is a slot receiver, who has very good speed, but beyond him, who else is there? Stevie Johnson had a great year last year, but he is not a burner. What is your take on this?

Tony,
Daytona Beach, FL

CB: I think for this season Stevie Johnson will be making the highest number of plays down the field. The offensive staff is hoping Jones develops into more of a downfield threat. Come 2012 I think Easley will emerge into more of the team’s downfield threat. It’s possible if he comes on strong that Easley could provide that for the offense as early as the second half of the season. But being that this is essentially his rookie year I’m not sure the staff or fans can count on that taking place.

 

5 - Chris thanks again for keeping us so well informed. My question is, could Michael Jasper not make a heck of an offensive tackle, similar to the way Jason Peters was converted after his first year as a tight end/defensive lineman ? Also as I seem to recall Howard Ballard was pretty much a project when he was a rookie. As you’ve reported Jasper has a lot of athletic talent for such a big guy.

Ron from Greensboro,NC

CB: You must’ve read the mind of Buddy Nix and the personnel staff. All along they felt that Jasper was a better offensive line prospect than defensive line prospect. According to Nix, Jasper felt the same way. So the question is why line him up at nose tackle all summer? My feeling is they wanted to develop him on the practice squad this year and groom him without the risk of having him catch the eye of another team. This past week he’s lined up at tackle and guard. He played guard his last two seasons at Bethel.


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Roscoe ready to roll

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2011 – 2:59 pm

He had been nursing a hamstring injury for almost half of training camp and it cost him some preseason action including the all important third preseason game when starters play the most. But heading into Week 1, Roscoe Parrish is full go.

“Yeah I’m ready to go,” said Parrish. “I feel healthy. I was fighting a hamstring during the whole process of preseason but I stayed on top of my rehab and been out there moving around. I’m feeling good and am ready to go.”

Parrish is coming off a season that got cut short by a broken wrist that required surgery. He’s looking forward to pick up where he left off last season.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “Me, personally, I missed all preseason.  (I missed the second half of last season) with a wrist injury so I’m very excited and looking forward to Sunday.”


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Jones, Parrish unlikely to play

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 4:55 pm

Bills WRs Donald Jones (concussion) and Roscoe Parrish (hamstring) are not looking good to suit up for Thursday night’s preseason finale.

“We probably will not play Roscoe or Donald Jones in this game,” said head coach Chan Gailey.

Knowing the starters are only going to get 6-10 snaps in the game, the staff obviously feels it’s not worth the risk to dress the two receivers. Felton Huggins will also miss the game after sustaining a concussion in practice Monday.


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Returning players limited

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2011 – 6:41 pm

Johnny White, Donald Jones, Roscoe Parrish and Shawn Nelson were all back practicing after long layoffs, but head coach Chan Gailey said they weren’t full go.

“They were limited,” said Gailey. “We’re just breaking them back in slowly. They got to practice today, but we’re going to be very careful with those guys.”

Jones said he was full go in practice Monday.


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Non-participants

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2011 – 1:20 pm

Here’s the rundown of players not practicing Wednesday.

Roscoe Parrish
Naaman Roosevelt
Donald Jones
Johnny White
Arthur Moats
Reggie Torbor
Shawne Merriman
Kellen Heard
Shawn Nelson
Chris Kelsay
Chris White

Parrish, Merriman and White are all doing work on the side with athletic trainers and look close to returning.


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Parrish practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2011 – 2:48 pm

After missing most of last week and the Denver preseason game Roscoe Parrish is back practicing as well as a couple of other injured players. Parrish, however, is still limited.

Rookies Justin Rogers and Chris Hairston both re-joined practice here on Monday as well.


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The inactive players

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2011 – 1:49 pm

Here’s the rundown of the players that will not suit up for tonight’s preseason game against the Broncos.

WR Roscoe Parrish
CB Justin Rogers
LB Kelvin Sheppard
LB Shawne Merriman
OL Chris Hairston
WR Craig Davis
TE Shawn Nelson
LB Chris White


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Merriman, Parrish ruled out for Sat.

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2011 – 3:59 pm

Bills LB Shawne Merriman and WR Roscoe Parrish have both been ruled out for Saturday’s preseason game at Denver. Head coach Chan Gailey offered details.

“He won’t play this week,” said Gailey of Merriman. “We made the decision that he will not play. We’ll let him get back to close to full speed and hopefully get him back next week. Roscoe will also sit out of this game.”

Merriman stepped out of practice early on Tuesday with tightness in his leg. Gailey insists their just being careful with Merriman.

“No, it’s precautionary,” said Gailey. “I think if it was a game week he could play.”

Parrish is still recovering from a hamstring injury.


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Parrish limited

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2011 – 7:14 pm

Roscoe Parrish is back practicing, but he’s very limited.

He did individual position drills and a punt return at half speed, but no team reps.


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Roscoe returns

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2011 – 6:33 pm

WR Roscoe Parrish is back in the fold practicing tonight.

The slot WR is returning from a tweaked hamstring. We’ll see if he gets a full share of reps tonight or if his workload is scaled back. He has nt practiced in almost a week.


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WR groupings post Evans

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2011 – 6:00 am

For those that missed it in Saturday’s preseason opener. Here were some of the more common receiver groupings with Lee Evans no longer a part of the equation.

In a regular pro set it was Donald Jones and Stevie Johnson.

In three wide it was Jones and Johnson with David Nelson in the slot. When Roscoe is healthy he’ll be the slot guy.

In four wide it was Jones, Johnson, Nelson and Roosevelt. When Roscoe is healthy he’ll be the third WR, with Nelson the fourth.

With the second unit it was mostly Marcus Easley and Craig Davis with Naaman Roosevelt in the slot.

When that group went four wide Felton Huggins was the fourth receiver. Paul Hubbard was rotated in with that group at times as well.


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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2011 – 6:38 pm

Here are the players out injured this evening.

WR Roscoe Parrish
TE Shawn Nelson
TE Zach Pianalto
LB Kelvin Sheppard


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