San Diego Chargers: Roscoe Parish Becomes Third Receiver Signed in Free Agency

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IApril 3, 2012

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Roscoe Parrish #11 of the Buffalo Bills returns a punt against the Chicago Bears at Rogers Centre on November 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Chicago won 22-19.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Roscoe Parrish reminds me a lot of a signing that was made last season. His name was Laurent Robinson. Both are veterans that know the game well, but never were very impressive. Robinson had a breakout season last season, with the Cowboys, which lead to his big contract in Jacksonville.

Parrish has spent his seven years all in Buffalo. His total receptions for his career are 134. The reason San Diego signed him was to make the training camp receiver battle more intense. Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Vincent Brown, Richard Goodman and Roscoe Parrish are the six receivers on the Chargers' roster. The only two that aren't a lock are Goodman and Parrish. Again, it will be a lot like last season.

Before last year, San Diego had many receivers competing for spots. Richard Goodman, Bryan Walters, Seyi Ajirotutu and Laurent Robinson spent many weeks trying for the last two positions. The Chargers picked Goodman, who was only used for kick returns, and Walters, who didn't even play in a game, over the other two. I'm sure San Diego would like a re-do on that one.

Parrish has a good chance of making the team. He would add depth to a receiving core that should be deadly, if healthy. He's also very effective on special teams, which could lead to him making the roster as well.

Think about it this way. Parrish has been in Buffalo his whole career. Who's been throwing him the ball? No one of Philip Rivers' caliber. This was a smart decision by San Diego. The Chargers' offense will be very improved next season. A.J. Smith has been making moves as someone would do with their job on the line. Let's just hope Norv Turner coaches the same way.

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