Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/28/12

 

The Oakland Raiders have signed wide receiver and return specialist Roscoe Parrish, the team announced today. He is on the practice field as the Raiders prepare for their final preseason game Thursday night at Seattle. With the injuries at the wide receiver position to Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Jacoby Ford (foot), who also handled the punt and kickoff return duties respectively, Parrish has a chance to help the Raiders in both areas.

 

Parrish was a second round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2005 out of the University of Miami (Fla). He played seven seasons for the Bills where he caught 134 balls for 1502 yards and seven touchdowns in 77 games and 14 starts. He has returned 29 kickoffs in his career averaging 23.6 yard per return. His best NFL skill is punt returning where he has amassed 134 career returns and three touchdowns.

The Raiders special teams, in particular both kickoff and punt returning, has been poor. Oakland’s best kickoff return this preseason came from Jacoby Ford against Arizona for 24 yards. The best punt return also came against Arizona by Dre Muhammad for 12 yards. Parrish should provide a spark in the return game, which in turn could provide a spark the offense with better field position.

Parrish started this offseason with the San Diego Chargers, but was released during the team’s first round of roster cuts. The Raiders may use Parrish as a stop gap until they can get Moore and Ford healthy. However, it could be a sign that the injuries to both receivers are more serious than initially thought. Quarterback Carson Palmer said he needs more reps with Moore and Ford to develop timing.

“We need a ton of work together,” Palmer said. “You can never get enough work with a guy even if he’s played every rep and you’ve played every rep yourself, you always need those reps. When they’re back it’s not easy to get off the couch or get out of walking boot or off of crutches or whatever it may be and just show up and play. This league is way too good, these players are too good, the schemes are too good to just jump back in and go. There is going to be a little bit of a process of really getting their legs back and their conditioning back but also their minds and their bodies to the speed of the game and get caught up with everything.”
 

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