Rumors before the draft that linked Roscoe Parrish to the Pittsburgh Steelers never came to fruition. And now, it looks like the Bills, for the moment, are keeping the former Miami Hurricane speedster.
According to Drew Rosenhouse's Twitter update, the Bills' dynamic punt returner is back practicing with Buffalo, rejoining his teammates to continue the offseason conditioning program.
The Bills have had a whirlwind offseason, especially with the well-documented inking of T.O. It's created a bit of a cluster at the wide-out position.
After Evans and Owens, the Bills are looking at four players to fill the void as the No. 3 receiver. Josh Reed, James Hardy, Roscoe Parrish, and Stevie Johnson will all vie for that job.
Reed has the best chance at snatching the position. Out of the slot, Reed is an above average possession receiver and compliments Owens and Evans ability to stretch the safeties down the field.
Hardy, as a flanked wide out, will play behind Owens and Evans, while Johnson and Parrish, will rotate in at that slot position and undoubtedly contribute on four- and five-receiver sets.
By not trading Parrish, the Bills saved themselves from having to address the receiver position in the draft.
Receivers right out of college are too raw and, perhaps more than any other position, need time to adjust to the pro game, most notably the aggressive bump-and-run coverage.
As a receiver, Parrish is undersized but has shown the ability to make big third down grabs.
He's Buffalo's version of Chicago's Devin Hester. That's an asset worth keeping.