Inside The Bills

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 ESPN.com.

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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