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September 25, 2012 @ 6:25 pm
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Bucs Waive Shipley, Sign Veteran Parrish

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After muffing a punt in his Bucs' debut, Jordan Shipley was waived Tuesday in order to make room for established punt return veteran, Roscoe Parrish. This marks the fourth wide receiver roster move in a week for Tampa Bay. 
The Buccaneers announced Tuesday evening that they have signed PR/WR Roscoe Parrish and waived WR Jordan Shipley.

Shipley's first stint with the Bucs began August 20th after being released by Cincinnati. Tampa Bay waived Shipley on August 31st in order to make the league mandated 53-man roster deadline, but brought him back on September 18th to replace Preston Parker as the team's punt returner. Two days after Shipley's arrival, Parker was released in order to make room for the Bucs to bring back Tiquan Underwood. The following day, the Bucs signed undrafted rookie wide receiver and kick return standout at Stanford Chris Owusu and placed Sammie Stroughter on injured reserve.

Last Sunday marked Shipley's debut as the Bucs' punt returner and the former Longhorn did not fare well. Shipley muffed a punt that cost the Buccaneers as Dallas converted the turnover into three points. Even on the punt returns he fielded cleanly, he was unable to change field position, averaging just 3.3 yards.

Parrish, an eight year veteran, spent his first seven seasons in Buffalo until signing with San Diego in April. The Chargers released Parrish in August and the accomplished punt returner signed with Oakland. Three days later, Parrish was cut when the Raiders needed to trim their roster to 53.

Parrish has played in 77 games with 14 starts and has 135 career punt returns for 1,622 yards and three touchdowns and has returned 29 kickoffs for 685 yards. The speedy former Hurricane has 134 career receptions for 1,502 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Miami native was selected in the second round of the 2005 draft out of the University of Miami by the Bills and led the NFL in punt return average during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The past two years, Parrish's campaigns have been cut short due to injury; in November 2010 Parrish suffered a broken wrist that sent him to the IR and last September Parrish was placed on IR after injuring his left ankle. 

- Mark Cook contributed to this report

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    We already had a great returner on the roster last year who holds the record for touchdown returns by the Bucs but they foolishly let him go, and he was a decent receiver too and very durable. Hope Parrish will at last replace that foolish loss. We need a returner who can take it all the way and change the momentum of the ball game! Parrish sounds like he has that talent. He could make an exciting change for us.
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    dbcalpal4 don't look at Parrish as a purchase by the Bucs, look at him more like a rental. Parrish has ability to do the job and he knows that Schiano is not a patient man. If he doesn't get the job done, the Bucs will go to plan D, with plans A, B and C already expended. I like the fact that this coach is making businesslike decisions because the NFL is a business. Stephen Holder presented Schiano's point of view on the punt returner's job taking special skills. In Schiano's mind the Punt returner has the hardest job in the NFL and is much harder than returning kickoffs, This is why the rookie Smith is not returning punts. We'll find out if Parrish is washed up Sunday. Being second only to Devin Hester in punt return average of punt returners with over 75 returns isn't exactly chopped liver. Parrish is not ancient either.
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    Hope roscoe can do what Shipley couldn't..roscoe can do the job,hope he shows us a spark in the return game..also hope to see a bit more of blount- wear down a defense by throwing that meatball at em and follow him with the elusive hamster... As for D line-Carter is off the table,Raiders signed him..
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    Don't sign washed up former pro bowlers. Gruden tried it, it didn't work then, and it will noy work now....
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    Kinderrt I don't think anyone is making excuses for Josh....Have you checked our depth chart at QB? We gotta dance with who brung us. We had a real match up problem with Dallas's defense. I think Josh, in his hurry to get passes off to avoid the sack, may have panicked a little. He was off target all day with his receivers. Romo didn't have a much better game than Freeman either and he was playing at home. It was a defensive battle. Dallas's prevent defense allowed our last surge offensively. We are 1-2 at this point. We have been competitive in all the games so far. Injuries hurt us worse than many teams because of our lack of quality depth. A has been is often better than a never will be.
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    Why can't mike Smith, the rookie RB, return kicks? I thought he did a great job in the preseason and he has big play speed. Can someone please answer this for me? Go Bucs!
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    @Ayron - A lot of us are wondering the same thing. My guess is that he mouthed off to Schiano or something.
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    Just what we need, another has been. If we are going to hold people accountable why are we making excuses for Freeman?
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    It looks like Schiano's Bucs will be held accountable. I like it. As much as these guys get paid, they should play well. Players need to play football to the best of their ability and they need to concentrate on their job. This is not The Jock Sniffer Country Club anymore. I thought the Bucs' defense played a good game against Dallas. The Bucs' offense was going against a Cowboy defense that is clearly the strength of their team. The NFC East teams all have big physical defensive lines. They were all built that way to compete with the Giants. Josh was not getting enough time for the intermediate routes even. For much of the game he looked like a deer in the headlights and I'm sure trying to avoid sacks affected his accuracy. Even with the losses, I like what I see as far as grit goes.
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