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More productive Parrish wants larger role

The lone bright spot for the Buffalo Bills in the blowout loss to New England was receiver Roscoe Parrish's 47-yard touchdown catch.

Parrish wants the chance to make more plays like that this week when the Bills visit Jacksonville.

"Of course I want the ball more," Parrish said in response to a question about his chances in the offense. "What receiver doesn't? I think I've shown in the few years I've been here that I can make plays on offense and I'm more than just a punt returner."

Parrish had 23 catches for 320 yards last season, but he went eight games without a catch. Through 10 games this year he has 24 catches for 244 yards. However, he has just four catches in the last five games.

"It's frustrating, but at the same time I have no control over it," Parrish said. "Plus we have other guys like Lee [Evans] and Josh [Reed] who can make plays, too. Everybody has a role to play, and mine is to return punts and play wide receiver whenever they call on me.

"I just have to do more to get on the field at wide receiver."

Parrish had a big day against Jacksonville last year, with an 82-yard punt return and two catches on the drive to the winning field goal.

"We'd like to get Roscoe the ball more," coach Dick Jauron said. "This past week he played 26 snaps, the week before it was 23 snaps. We're getting a better and better feel all the time for how to get him more involved in our offense. He's not only involved in our three-wide packages, but he's involved in our base package with Lee. We're heading in the right direction, we just have to get better at it."

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Bills running back Marshawn Lynch did not practice Thursday due to his high ankle sprain. He did watch practice and did some limited moving around. Linebacker Angelo Crowell (foot) and defensive backs Donte Whitner (head) and Terrence McGee (ankle) did practice. Cornerback Jerametrius Butler (calf) did not practice. The Jaguars' best cornerback, Rashean Mathis (groin) did not practice again Thursday.

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Bills linebacker Mario Haggan got invited, along with the other linebackers on the team, to the home of Bills assistant coach DeMonte Cross for Thanksgiving. It was a good thing. Haggan says he has not turned on the stove in his house since 2005.

"Don't get the wrong idea," Haggan said. "I can cook. I just don't."

So where does the full-time restaurant customer like to eat in town?

"As far as fine dining goes, I go to the Chop House and I go to Hutch's," Haggan said. "We do a little E.B. Green's. As far as just regular eating, I bounce around -- TGI Friday's, Red Lobster, Cheesecake Factory. We also check out David's Grille on Buffalo Road [in Orchard Park]. We bust it up all the time over there. We just discovered the Snooty Fox [Lounge] on Delaware. We go to Nektar on Elmwood. They have a good shrimp platter. The Chop House has the best lobster dainties, and the flying shrimp is great there, too."

"When we go on the plane, we have the rookies go to B.W. Barbecue or Kentucky Greg's. That's usually our plane food."

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While the Bills have been riddled with injuries this season, their offensive line has been stable. The Bills are one of seven teams this year that have started the same offensive line in every game. The others are Dallas, Miami, the New York Giants, the New York Jets, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

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Crowell has 87 tackles, fifth most in the NFL this season, according to game-day statistics sheets. Washington's London Fletcher, San Francisco's Patrick Willis and Baltimore's Ray Lewis each have 92. Detroit's Ernie Sims has 91.

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The Jaguars lead the NFL with 25 fourth-down attempts and 13 conversions. The Jaguars have converted 9 of 11 fourth-and-1 plays and 11 of 14 plays of fourth and 4 or fewer. The team with the second most fourth-down attempts is New Orleans with 16.

"It's just how it's unfolded," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said. "I think the way games have gone (coach Jack Del Rio) feels confident in the O-line and feels confident in the offense being able to convert those fourth downs. He just thinks his defense is playing pretty good football, so if we take a chance here we can."


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