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Parmele makes bid to back up Rice

Ricky Williams' absence was Jalen Parmele's opportunity.

Williams, the fifth-most prolific rusher among active players who was signed by the Ravens on Monday to fill the void at power back, could not play in the team's 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night.

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Parmele had no such limitations, and led all tailbacks with 35 rushing yards on seven carries.

Parmele said he hopes that he made enough of an impression with the coaches to demonstrate the seriousness of his candidacy to compete with Williams for the No. 2 spot behind starter Ray Rice."It's all about establishing a role," Parmele said in the locker room beneath Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. "That's what these preseason games are for. I'm just establishing a role and developing a comfort to where the coaches can say, 'OK, this is what he's good at. So let's put him in.' That's my goal, to develop that role."

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The 5-foot-11, 222-pound Parmele plunged through the middle of the line of scrimmage and at times bounced off of potential tacklers to gain a few more yards. He gained 33 of the offense's 72 yards on the unit's first possession of the third quarter and added two first downs.

Afterwards, Parmele credited his blockers for his showing.

"The holes were there," he said. "The line did a great job and made my job much easier."

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