Veteran receiver Dezmon Briscoe enters tonight’s preseason finale against Tampa Bay with a team-leading two touchdown receptions. His 20.0 yards per reception also leads the team, and he is one of three players with at least 100 receiving yards. (Aldrick Robinson has 132 on eight catches. Pierre Garcon and Briscoe have 100 yards.)
Briscoe led Tampa Bay last season with six touchdown receptions, and he has excelled against reserves this preseason. The Redskins claimed him off waivers on July 27; Tampa Bay waived him after he failed a conditioning test. Talent has not been an issue in Washington, though.
Once Briscoe got comfortable with the Redskins’ playbook and started playing faster, his route-running ability, good hands and wide catching radius have been clear assets.
He hasn’t played special teams in a game, though, and he knows that has to change tonight if he is to make the roster on Friday.
“They’ve got starters,” Briscoe said this week. “The situation I’m in, I can’t just not play special teams at all. I have to try to contribute on special teams to increase my chances of making the team.”
Briscoe played on the Cincinnati Bengals’ kickoff return, punt coverage and punt protection units when he first joined the league as a sixth-round pick in 2010.
Coach Mike Shanahan said after Saturday’s win over Indianapolis that Briscoe should expect to play special teams in the preseason finale. Briscoe has practiced on teams with the Redskins this summer. He expects to be the off return man on kickoffs, a gunner on the punt coverage team and rush the punter on that return unit.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.