Receiver Naaman Roosevelt thinks spending the last six games on the Buffalo Bills' active roster last season should help him contribute when called upon now that he's back on the 53-man roster.
"It helps me a lot, understanding the speed of the game, and knowing it goes a lot faster," said Roosevelt after Wednesday's practice. "It's definitely exciting to be back out there playing, and I'm trying to make the best of the opportunity."
Roosevelt, the former University at Buffalo and St. Joe's star, missed the last two preseason games with an ankle injury and was released on the last roster cutdown. But he's back on the roster after the season-ending injury to Roscoe Parrish created an opening on the receiver lineup.
"Naaman came in at the end of the year last year and did some good things," coach Chan Gailey said. "I don't think there's any reason he can't come in and help where needed and have an impact. He's not going to ever give you the speed threat down the field that Roscoe gave you. But there's some things he does well in his own right, and you try to take advantage of those things."
Running back Fred Jackson reiterated after practice, he's eager to work out a renegotiation of his contract but has not gained any ground on the issue. He has two years left on his deal.
"We've approached them," he said. "It hasn't gone the way we wanted it to. I feel I've been a three-year starter playing at a high level. I'd like something to get done about it this year. Hopefully something does. I'd like to get something done that's fair to me and the team. It's definitely annoying, just because I want something done. But I'll continue to work, come out here and do whatever I can to keep this thing going."
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson sat out Wednesday's practice to rest his sore groin. Defensive end Spencer Johnson (hip) and linebacker Kirk Morrison (hamstring) also sat out.
Not practicing for New England were starting safety Patrick Chung (hand), cornerback Kyle Arrington (concussion), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), defensive end Mike Wright (concussion) and tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee). Among those limited were cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hip), tight end Dan Gronkowski (hamstring), linebackers Gary Guyton (hamstring) and Jerod Mayo (thigh) and punter Zoltan Mesko (knee).