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Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2011 – 3:03 pm

Here’s the rundown of non-participants at practice.

Roscoe Parrish
Robert Eddins
Shawn Nelson
Justin Rogers

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Parrish out for Saturday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2011 – 8:45 pm

Bills WR Roscoe Parrish re-injured his hamstring in Wednesday night’s practice and head coach Chan Gailey is not taking any chances with his slot receiver’s health.

“He tweaked the same thing he’s sat out with for a couple of days,” said Gailey. “He’s going to miss this (preseason game) we’ll hold him out and not take any chances and make sure we get him well.”

With Parrish down, David Nelson assumes the primary slot receiver role.

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Parrish sidelined

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2011 – 7:54 pm

The same night he came back from being sidelined Roscoe Parrish appears sidelined again.

Parrish pulled up right at the end of a deep route. Ryan Fitzpatrick had him targeted but the ball sailed. After the ball cleared his head he pulled up.

He’s just been taken to the locker room.

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Shep back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2011 – 6:37 pm

For the first time since his first practice of camp LB Kelvin Sheppard is back practicing. And he’s joined by a host of other Bills backed from injury.

Drayton Florence (ankle), Roscoe Parrish, Chris Kelsay and Donald Jones (calf) have all returned to the fold here at night practice.

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Kelsay and Parrish update

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2011 – 5:02 pm

Chris Kelsay and Roscoe Parrish did not participate in practice Monday, making it two straight practices for Parrish. Head coach Chan Gailey had an update on both of the vets.

“They both are feeling tight and instead of pushing it right now, since they get a day off tomorrow, it’ll be almost 50 hours before they go again, so we decided to give them the afternoon off and let them rest up so they can get back Wednesday.”

Gailey admitted that the kind of muscular fatigue that’s taken place with some players now a week and a half into camp was somewhat expected in light of the long layoff with no spring workouts.

“Most camps when you get to practice eight and nine that’s where it starts to wear on them a little bit,” said Gailey.

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2 new non-participants

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2011 – 2:33 pm

There are two new non-participants at practice here on Monday.

Chris Kelsay and Roscoe Parrish are spectators for today’s afternoon session.

Kelsay may just have a veteran rest day. We’ll get details on both after practice.

Antonio Coleman is also a new non-participant that I just spotted on the sideline.

Here are the others.
Demetrius Bell
Drayton Florence
Donald Jones
Justin Rogers
Kellen Heard
Marcus Easley
Shawn Nelson

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Roscoe now watching

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2011 – 3:19 pm

Roscoe Parrish is in full pads, but it appears his practice day is over.

Parrish is not participating in 7-on-7 right now and doesn’t have his helmet.

We’ll provide an update when we get one.

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Fan Friday 7-8

Posted by Chris Brown on July 8, 2011 – 11:20 am

Hey Bills fans, hope you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday. Time to get back to it and answer your questions.

On a side note I’ve been getting some questions sent to me at the Bills message board and I feel compelled to tell you I rarely check that inbox, due mainly to time constraints. So if you have a question you’d like answered I highly recommend emailing me directly at It’s your best bet.

1 – Hey Chris, quick question about the jersey unveiling. Who was wearing the authentic jersey tops? The soldiers or the retirees?



CB: The jerseys that the members of the military were wearing are the official on-field jerseys that the players will wear on game days. The player jerseys are made of stretch mesh, a Reebok fabric that provides players with superior breathability and better range of motion.

The jerseys are also 20 to 30 percent lighter in weight, depending on the player’s size, due to Reebok’s ability to reduce cut lines and seams for a high performance fit.

Each jersey is specifically tailored to the exact specifications of each player. Those on-field jerseys are not available for retail sale.

The retail Authentic jerseys that are sold at The Bills Store are close replications of the on-field jerseys. However, they are not constructed of stretch mesh and they do not have the same “shrink wrap” fit that NFL players generally require. The retail Authentic jerseys are heavyweight jerseys that are finished with twill numbers and names. While they are not quite as form fitting as their on-field counterparts, the Authentic jerseys do have a tapered silhouette.

The retail Replica jerseys are a lighter weight jersey with screen printed numbers and names. They have a more generous cut and are more loose fitting.

The jerseys that the alumni wore for the unveiling event were blank Replica jerseys that were finished with twill numbers and names. Each of those jerseys were one-of-a-kind creations that allowed for the alumni to be able to slip the jersey on over their shirt and have twill numbers that would be easily visible to the crowd in attendance at the uniform launch event.

Hope that clears things up.



2 – Chris,

I was looking around on other NFL message boards the other day and I read that the Bills have one of the smallest scouting departments in the league. Is there any way to find out how many scouts the Bills do actually have? It would be interesting to compare it to teams such as Green Bay, Pittsburgh, and any other reputable teams that have had a good history when it comes to drafts.


CB: Counting Bills GM Buddy Nix, who does a good amount of scouting and Assistant GM Doug Whaley, who is going to spend more time working on the college side of the Personnel Department, the Bills actually have 14 college scouts.

Truth be told that’s one of the larger staffs in the league. Pittsburgh has 10, San Diego has 10, Indianapolis has 9. The smallest staff has always been Cincinnati, which doesn’t even have a college scouting staff. They rely on their coaching staff to do their scouting for them primarily off college tape.



3 – Hello Chris.
My question for you is while the players are locked out, does that interfere with contract signings?  If not, if the season is started in the next week, or so, would there be a plethora of signings for rookies, or are deals being made right now, with the owners & agents? So that way, they will be able to start training camp immediately?

Thanks for bringing great Buffalo Bills news, to fans like myself.

CB: Thanks for the kind words and your readership. NFL clubs cannot have any contact with players or agents about new contracts for players who are currently without a contract. It would be a fruitless pursuit anyway without knowing what the new rules are concerning the signing of players under a new collective bargaining agreement.

What is likely to happen is there will be a short free agent signing period where as you predict there will be a plethora of signings (both undrafted rookies and veteran free agents). I would anticipate that there will be an initial period for teams to re-sign their own players whose contracts have expired before an open period.


4 – Chris,

What was the reason behind the discrepancy between color order of the jersey number and piping on the pants (navy blue, red, royal blue) and the sleeves (red, navy blue, royal blue) of the white jersey? Thanks.

Erik D.

CB: From what I have been told about the new uniforms the intent was to match the sleeve stripes with the sock stripes.


5 – Chris,

Steve Johnson has been my favorite player since he was a rookie in 2008. I have only nice things to say about him, but when it comes to 2011 (pending on a season being played), I don’t think he will be able to put up the same numbers as 2010. What do you think?


Chris L. from Lancaster

CB: I believe there’s no debating that he will draw the majority of double team attention in 2011 as opposed to Lee Evans. We saw a good deal of that down the stretch last season and Johnson’s production suffered. I however, believe Johnson’s production drop off was due more to the absence of Roscoe Parrish, who was lost in Week 10 to a broken wrist.

When he went out of the lineup, it allowed opposing defenses to focus more on Evans and Johnson with cover 2 looks and bracket coverages. They committed to letting rookies like David Nelson, Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt prove they could beat them instead of taking their chances with Evans and Johnson. On occasion those rookies did beat them (See: Cleveland victory). With Parrish back in the fold for 2011 I believe Johnson will get enough opportunities to have comparable numbers, but some of that will hinge on how productive his teammates can be when he is double teamed.

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Players reacting to unis

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2011 – 5:24 am

Bills players were interacting with Bills fans on twitter Friday night and early Saturday following the team’s new uniform unveiling. Both the fans and players were overwhelmingly positive. Here are just a few examples as Roscoe Parrish, Donald Jones and Stevie Johnson were busy.

scoe11 RT @RealMattBieber: @scoe11 nice to c all the new jerseys and they picked a good number to model #billsnation
Dajones19 RT @dicknavis165 @Dajones19 how nice are those all whites! so much better right? RIGHT…
scoe11 RT @Rugg64039: @scoe11 what did u think about all them military dudes wearin ur #11 at the uniform unveiling???<Nicceeeee
Dajones19 RT @homeslice5484 @Dajones19 def…keep in touch. I gotta get me a 19 to go wit my 13 jerseys soon 4 sure. #thanksforthelove
@StevieJohnson13  RT vbosch89 Bout to order my new @StevieJohnson13 jersey that just got released at the Ralph…
@StevieJohnson13 RT LNagel20 @StevieJohnson13 about to buy your jersey right now buddy

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Roscoe gets underrated nod

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2011 – 12:41 pm

Bills WR Roscoe Parrish got the vote for most underrated on Buffalo’s roster in a team-by-team vote done by

Here’s what was written about Parrish by AFC East blogger Tim Graham.

Roscoe Parrish, receiver/punt returner: For five years,Parrish practically begged to be thrown the ball. He made the most of his touches, becoming one of the most dangerous punt returners in the NFL and setting franchise records.

But his listed position was wide receiver, and in the Bills’ passing game under head coaches Mike Mularkey and Dick Jauron, the undersized Parrish always seemed to be an afterthought.

That changed last year under new coach Chan Gailey. He played just eight games because of a broken wrist, but Parrish caught 33 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. The yardage was the most of his career. His TDs tied a career-high. Two more receptions would have matched a career-high.

Here’s hoping Roscoe gets through a whole season healthy so we can really see the kind of production he’s capable of in a Chan Gailey offense. When you consider he only played six games with Fitz, you wonder what he might have been able to do.

In the first two games with Trent Edwards at QB last season he had a total of four catches, including one for a TD, for an average of two receptions per game. In the six games with Fitz he averaged more than double that at almost five catches per game (4.8). If you project that 4.8 catches per game average over a 16-game season along with an average of 55 yards receiving per game (which is what his avg was with Fitz) it comes to 77 receptions for 882 yards, pretty darn good production for a slot receiver.
Now part of Parrish’s success with Fitz can probably be attributed to everyone feeling more comfortable in the offense as the season wore on, but Fitz and Gailey’s scheme were a big part of why Parrish’s physical talents are finally being used properly on offense. 

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Nelson and Roscoe fill slot

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2011 – 3:57 pm

David Nelson and Roscoe Parrish ranked on Pro Football Focus’ leaderboard for slot receivers.

In their exhaustive film research Nelson ranked first in the league in percentage of snaps in the slot at better than 94%, which is no surprise as he was a fixture there in the 3 and 4 wide looks by the Bills, even more so after Parrish was lost for the season with a fractured wrist.

Nelson and Parrish also ranked 11th and 15th in the league respectively in yards per catch out of the slot.

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Gailey eased Roscoe’s nerves

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2011 – 8:00 am

With Roscoe Parrish heading into the final weeks of rehabilitating his dislocated wrist, it’s hard for him to believe how uncertain he was about his future in Buffalo under the new coaching staff that was on it’s way in.

Sure Parrish was glad to get a fresh start in light of how his 2009 season went under the previous coaching regime, but there were no guarantees about the new staff under Gailey either.

“Last offseason my agent told me it was a very uncertain offseason being with new coaches,” said Parrish. “Being that I didn’t really have a lot of film from the ’09 season I didn’t know how it was going to play out.”

Two weeks after Gailey was named head coach he called Parrish and not only assured him he was wanted, but supremely motivated him as well.

“Chan called me and told me to get ready to play and that was the best news I got in the offseason,” said Parrish. “That just made me work even harder. Just pushed me more.”

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Bills on snow in Dallas

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2011 – 11:26 am

The headlines for Super Bowl XLV this week have largely been about the weather with snow gripping the Dallas-Fort Worth region this week along with unseasonably cold temperatures. Apparently that snow is continuing even on Friday when it was not forecast and Bills players in Big ‘D’ are commenting about it.

Here are some twitter posts from Donald Jones and George Wilson.

Dajones19 Yo its been snowing down here since last night. This is crazy

GWilson37 Snowing in Dallas like it’s Buffalo!

Of course Roscoe Parrish is enjoying the weather in his native Miami and rubbing it in for his teammates in Dallas.

scoe11 Friday in Miami… Niceeeee

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Roscoe update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2010 – 3:48 pm

Bills WR Roscoe Parrish, who went on injured reserve back in Week 10 with a dislocated wrist that required surgery, will be going back under the knife on Thursday.

“I’m getting the pins removed from my wrist (Thursday),” Parrish told “My recovery has been a little longer than the first time because in this situation I didn’t have to rush, and in my rookie year I was trying to get back. This time it was more about getting it fully healed up and right. So this time it should be better than the last time, especially knowing I have a whole offseason to rehab it.”

Parrish first suffered a broken wrist as a rookie in training camp back in 2005, and was racing through the healing process to get back on the field. He missed the first six games of his rookie season.

Parrish said this time around that they put bigger pins in his wrist to strengthen the bone more to prevent it from happening again.

“It was tough,” said Parrish, who has yet to watch the play when he got injured. “I kind of knew it, but didn’t want to believe it at the time. I was in denial about it.”

Denial because Parrish was on his way to his most productive season in a Bills uniform. Eventually Parrish moved past the fact that his season was ended prematurely.

“As time went by I just felt like everything happens for a reason,” said Parrish. “At least I was able to show what I’m capable of doing at receiver. It could’ve been worse. I could’ve been injured before I did anything and then the offseason would’ve been harder.”

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Roscoe thanks well wishers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2010 – 10:02 am

Roscoe Parrish’s season ended in Week 9 with a dislocated wrist that required surgery, but he provided an update on his condition after getting several well wishes from fans.

Parrish responded via his twitter account.

@scoe11 I want to thank everybody who was concerned about my injury. I’m healing well & everything is goin smoothly! I will b back nxt year ready to take off!

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Bills have holes to fill

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2010 – 5:46 pm

With Andra Davis and Roscoe Parrish going on injured reserve, the Bills have some holes to fill.

Parrish was the team’s second leading receiver and a mismatch nightmare out of the slot. He was tied for fifth in the AFC in third down catches and second only to Stevie Johnson. Seeing this offense run as smoothly as it has of late, it’s hard not to think it’s going to take some time to adjust.

Buffalo’s receiving corps is all rookies behind Evans and Johnson, though David Nelson has shown a lot of promise and has been a consistent part of the offense. Donald Jones was the next man in, but with a full week to prepare for the slot role, Nelson is a possibility moving forward.

Of course a veteran will also be considered, but unless there’s some prior knowledge of Chan’s offense I don’t see how someone from the outside would work.

Fortunately on the defensive side of the ball Buffalo has a veteran in Akin Ayodele that can fill Davis’ run down role. He earned some praise from Chan Gailey for his play Sunday.

“I thought Akin went in there and did some good things in there against the run,” said Gailey. “And we’ve had the luxury of flipping Reggie Torbor in there as well, so we’re kind of taking two guys to replace one in there.”

Buffalo currently has 51 players on their 53-man roster. More moves to come for sure.

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Parrish out for season

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2010 – 4:09 pm

Roscoe Parrish suffered a broken wrist in Sunday’s game. He’s out for the season.
Head coach Chan Gailey made the announcement Monday afternoon. He said that Parrish will need surgery.

Its the same wrist that Parrish broke his rookie year in training camp.

He’ll be placed on injured reserve. Donald Jones is expected to fill the void in the interim.

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Roscoe injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2010 – 6:22 pm

Bills WR Roscoe Parrish was injured on the attempt he made to catch a high pass along the far sideline for a first down, which was ruled out of bounds. He left the game and did not return. Head coach Chan Gailey provided an update.

“He got a little nicked up and couldn’t go back in the ball game,” said Gailey. “I don’t think it’s bad, but I didn’t get a report after the game.”

Parrish indicated it was a wrist injury as he was seen on the sidelines late in the game with a wrap on his right wrist.

“I’ve got to get my x-rays and see what it is,” said Parrish. “I tried to catch a ball on the sidelines when I went back in but that wasn’t too successful.  Hopefully it’s nothing that serious, we will just have to see what the x-rays say.”

Parrish will be re-evaluated Monday at One Bills Drive.

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One more Hester-Parrish note

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2010 – 10:05 am

Roscoe Parrish doesn’t get the same national acclaim as Devin Hester because he doesn’t have the touchdown total that Hester does on punt returns, but he’s got Hester beat in career punt return average (12.2 to 11.9). And he’s right there with Hester when it comes to 20-plus yard returns.

Since 2006, Hester and Parrish are first and second in number of 20-plus yard returns. Parrish just had another last week against Kansas City (33 yards). Over the last four seasons and change, Hester has a league-leading 32 punt returns of 20-plus yards. Parrish has 26.

The next closest return man is Jacoby Jones with just 16. The two Miami alums are in a class by themselves.

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Stat changes from Balt. game

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2010 – 1:54 pm

The NFL has made the following changes to the final stat sheet for Sunday’s game against Baltimore.

With 11:21 remaining in first quarter Ryan Fitzpatrick was originally credited with a minus 17 yard pass on a play at this time. It has been changed to a minus 9-yard pass (ball was batted at the 23 yard line, so yardage gets credited to that point).

With 5:06 remaining in first quarter the forced fumble that was credited to George Wilson should be credited to Akin Ayodele.

And with 14:20 remaining in overtime Chris Kelsay’s sack is actually a split sack for Kelsay and Moats

So Fitz’s passing day is even better with a new total of 382 yards passing, Buffalo’s net passing for the game is now 382 as well.

Roscoe Parrish now has 57 receiving yards in that game instead of 49.  

Defensively, Ayodele should have one forced fumble with Kelsay and Moats now with 0.5 sacks each.

 Buffalo’s total yards should also be 514.

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