I know I just received a comment from an astute reader about how stupid hypothetical trade moves could be in response to my post should the Giants consider trading for RB Marshawn Lynch from Buffalo Bills, but I’m going to go ahead and dive back into the Buffalo Bills and look at another player I think the Giants should at least entertain thoughts about purusing, even if it’s not likely to happen.
I’m doing this in light of the news that KR/PR Domenik Hixon has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL. Hixon is an underrated WR who can be dynamic in the return game. And in light of the comments made by Reese that they may seek trade possibilities for a return man.
Well there is a player in Buffalo who is making second round money without the second round production and a player who has been rumored to be on the block before. Better yet, unlike Lynch he has not been in trouble with the league or been anything near a distraction of that field.
And unlike Lynch who would bolster the RB depth this player could compete for an integral part on the team as a return man.
Who is that player?
Why it’s the Bills very own Roscoe Parrish.
Now the Bills have no use for Parrish as a WR becuase in 12 games last year he only had 3 catches for 34 yards, but the Giants with Nicks, Smith, Manningham, Barden and Beckum do not necessarily need a fifth or sixth WR option, what they need is two players who can contribute on Special teams (Hagan as a gunner/ST Ace and Parish as a return man)
While, Parrish’s strength is punt returning as he has averaged 12.2 yards per return in his career with 27 returns of more than 20 yards and 6 returns of more than 40 yards in his 118 career returns with three touchdowns. Parrish has also been decent with kick returns. Parrish has a career average 23.6 yards per kick return.
Parrish would be an even possible upgrade at the return position from Hixon, but certainley a downgrade as a WR.
Parrish is essentially the kind of player the Giants thought they were drafting when they chose Sinorice Moss in the second round. A dynamic player with the ball in his hands who could contribute as a return man and as a big play threat in the receiving game.
I’m not the biggest fan of Moss, but watcthing Parrish through the years I like what he brings to the table.
Obviously, what Parrish would cost could be a big deterrent from even having talks about proposing a deal, but with his contract and his ineffectiveness as a receiving option in the Bills system he might not cost much. The Bills also have other dynamic return options in Leodis McKelvin, Fred Jackson, and Terrence Mcgee where Parrish might not cost anything at all, really.
What do you guys think about considering trading for Parrish or any other player (and if not Parrish who) who might be able to contribute in the return game…or are you confident in one of the options on the team already whether that be Sinorice Moss, Derek Hagan, Aaron Ross, Chad Jones, Andre Brown, Ahmahd Bradshaws, or even the Rutgers WR product Tim Brown.
I know that Aaron Ross was talked about highly as a possible return man heading into the 2007 draft. Chad Jones has done some returns and Tim Brown is another intriguing option assuming he can win a roster spot.