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Parrish and McKelvin to see return reps

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2009 – 3:05 pm

Through the first two preseason games Buffalo’s top two returners, Roscoe Parrish and Leodis McKelvin have yet to get a return opportunity. That will change Saturday night against the Packers.

With the starters on offense and defense expected to play at least a quarter it appears the same will hold true for the team’s top specialists.

Through the first two preseason games Bruce Hall, C.J. Hawthorne and Dominic Rhodes have seen the majority of the punt and kick return reps. But getting McKelvin and Parrish at least a few opportunities in the preseason has to happen. 

“We have to start working in Roscoe and McKelvin,” special teams coordinator Bobby April told earlier this week.

That will apparently happen tonight with Parrish fielding punts and McKelvin kickoffs at least to start the game. And if anyone is wondering it’s not because Hall and Rhodes each have a muff among their handful of returns.

“Just because a guy made a mistake, like Dominic dropped one and Bruce dropped, it doesn’t mean that mistake is permanent,” said April. “They can take that and grown and learn from it and be really good. It means they’re going to concentrate a little more and get their body in position a little more. It’s not one strike and you’re out.”

The number of opportunities for Parrish and McKelvin is likely to be dependent upon the flow of the game.

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