Roscoe Parrish

Roscoe Parrish Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

In a back-and-forth game full of big plays, Buffalo's Parrish made one of the biggest with an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the third quarter for a 27-24 home victory against Jacksonville. With 4:11 to go in the third quarter, Parrish fielded a Jaguars punt on his own 18, spun around would-be tacklers for daylight along the left sideline following an exceptional block by rookie teammate Donte Whitner and motored for the score to give the Bills a 24-14 advantage in the eventual win. The play marked Buffalo's first punt return for a touchdown since 2004 when Nate Clements returned a Rams punt 86 yards for a score. Parrish also notched a 22-yard punt return earlier in the third quarter to establish a single-game club-record 104 punt return yards on the afternoon, surpassing the 98-yard mark held by Ike Hill since 1971. Parrish leads the NFL with a 13.9 punt return average. He also caught two passes for 36 yards, including a crucial 30-yard reception with 17 seconds left in regulation to set up a game-winning field goal.

In his second year from Miami, this is the first Player of the Week Award for Parrish.


Bills fans support their local Parrish

Buffalo second-year wide receiver Roscoe Parrish wasn't even a blip on the Bills' radar screen before Sunday, and since then, has been bigger than legends on most maps.

Parrish is commonly used as a return man, and showed why in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo already had the lead, and Parrish padded it with an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Rapid Roscoe now hitting on all cylinders

(November 27, 2006) — ORCHARD PARK — For five weeks, Roscoe Parrish had been a speedy guy going nowhere fast. He was a Maserati stuck in neutral, more suspect than prospect.

The Bills second-year receiver/punt returner had not caught a pass in more than a month. He had become an afterthought in the Buffalo offense, and had not done anything memorable on special teams.

But that changed in a hurry Sunday. Parrish impressed with his feet and his hands and his daring. As he had done so many times during his electric senior season at the University of Miami three years ago, he changed the complexion of a game. Not once, but twice.

Parrish cuts loose with a little help from his friends

Roscoe Parrish fields the punt on the second bounce and you know he's going nowhere because not even Clark Kent can tie his cape in a phone booth that small.

And when he reverses field and hits the left sideline you just know he'll step out of bounds because not even the Flying Wallendas could walk that lean a line.

And when he makes it to midfield you just know this is where it all ends until he uses EZ-Pass to maintain speed while dismissing the left-arm tackle of overmatched punter Chris Hanson.

Parrish gets his chance

The Buffalo Bills need to find more open receivers. Roscoe Parrish's exceptional quickness should allow him to get open.

Conclusion: The Bills need to find Parrish.

Parrish, the Bills' second-year smurf receiver, should get more of a chance to show what he can do to help the Buffalo pass offense over the next several weeks.

BUFFALO BILLS: McGee, Parrish want many happy returns

ORCHARD PARK — Before he gets set to field a punt, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Roscoe Parrish has just one thought.

“I’m trying to take one to the house every time I get back there,” Parrish said. “You don’t need to be back there if you don’t think like that. You’ve gotta think big in everything you do.”

Parrish has had eight chances at punt returns this season, piling up 80 yards, good for a 10 yards-per-return average. Teamed with Terrence McGee on kick returns, Parrish gives the Bills two big weapons in the return game.

Parrish's small size producing big plays

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - If Roscoe Parrish grew an inch every time someone knocked him for his lack of size, the Bills receiver would be bigger than Goliath.

No such luck, though.

"I was always the smallest guy, even when I started Pop Warner football," said Parrish, generously listed at five foot nine and 169 pounds, by far the smallest player on Buffalo's roster.

Parrish makes himself scarce on touchdown pas

The blur you saw across your television screen in the first quarter was Bills wide receiver Roscoe Parrish streaking past the New York Jets' secondary for a 51-yard touchdown reception.

The play started a big day for Parrish, who finished with a career-high 104 yards on four receptions.

"We saw the guys blitzing, so my role in the offense is make the right read and adjust [my route]," Parrish said of his touchdown. "We made the right read, J.P. made the right throw and it so happens to be a big play for a touchdown. When I turned around I saw no one in front of me. I just gave it all I got to the touchdown."

BILLS PROFILE: Parrish finally breaks a big one

ORCHARD PARK — Since becoming a member of the Buffalo Bills, Roscoe Parrish has waited for the opportunity to break a long play.

That chance came Sunday, and he didn’t disappoint.

Parrish took a short pass from J.P. Losman on the Bills’ second play from scrimmage and raced 51 yards to the end zone, showing the break-away speed he was known for coming out of the University of Miami.

“Everything worked good for us (on) that play,” he said. “It felt good to get involved .”

Bills' special teams keep flying high

There are NFL clubs with good special teams units, and then there are the Buffalo Bills.

According to the Dallas Morning News' comprehensive ratings, which include several key statistical categories, the Bills have owned the best special teams in the league over the last two years.

The Bills showed Sunday in Miami that they have no intention to relinquish that title.

Roscoe Parrish Update

There may be hope for Roscoe Parrish. The smurf-sized wide receiver/punt returner was a non-factor last season as a rookie. He still doesn't look like he'll ever be good enough to start, but he's starting to show some elusiveness on punt returns, and offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild appears intent on trying to get him the ball in the short zones where he can use those moves to make someone miss and then pile up run-after-catch yards.

Bills' Parrish eager to run routes

(September 5, 2006) — ORCHARD PARK — Every time Roscoe Parrish fields a punt, the potential for the big play, that game-breaking return, always exists.
Speedy, elusive and slippery, Parrish can be a return-team nightmare.

While at the University of Miami, Hurricanes coach Larry Coker called Parrish "the most exciting player I've ever coached."
Parrish would like Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron to soon be saying the same thing.

Except not just for his work returning punts and kickoffs. Parrish is hoping he can be on the receiving end of passes from quarterback J.P. Losman when the NFL season kicks off for the Bills on Sunday in Foxboro, Mass., against the New England Patriots.

"I'd like more of a chance to show what I can do on offense," said Parrish, who caught just 15 passes last fall in 10 games. "I just want to contribute on offense and on special teams."


Bills Training Camps Awards (Roscoe Parrish)

Best moves: Roscoe Parrish. The wiry receiver juked at least half a dozen linebackers and defensive backs as well as Moorman on a punt return during camp with his lightning quick maneuvers.