Dezmon Briscoe’s numbers last season don’t seem to be in line with getting cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late July. But that’s the spot the receiver found himself this week.
“When it happened, I was just hoping to get with a team as fast as possible,” he said.
Briscoe got that when the Washington Redskins claimed him off waivers. He made his first on-field appearance at training camp during Saturday morning’s walk-through and was eager to move past Tampa Bay cutting him loose.
“I had a bunch of personal stuff going on at the house, so I missed some voluntary workouts and conditioning tests. Everyone didn’t pass,” Briscoe said. “I feel like that was a big reason why it stuck out with me not passing because I wasn’t there for offseason training. They made it seem like I was out of condition, which I’m not. I just got to take advantage of opportunity now.”
Briscoe had 35 catches last season including six touchdowns. No Redskins receiver had more than five touchdowns last year and Santana Moss is the only one on the roster for 2012 who had more more catches (46). Jabar Gaffney, who had the five TDs, is now with the New England Patriots.
The Redskins are the third team in two seasons for the sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.
“Every time you get released from a team, you’ve always got to start over and prove yourself over and over again,” he said. “This type of league that we’re in, we’re all professionals and everyone’s good, so you’ve got to go into camp expecting nothing’s promised and give it your all.”
This release was “disheartening,” but he tried to explain his missing workouts that led to new coach Greg Schiano cutting him loose.
“I always want to be around my team, but the situation I had back at the house, I feel like at that time, it was more important, so I made sure I made the voluntary things. I mean, the mandatory things,” Briscoe siad. “I missed a couple voluntary. But at the time, I felt like I needed to take care of stuff at home, and that was more important.”
With Moss, Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, Terrence Austin and others already here, Briscoe will have to prove why he belongs.
What he thinks he brings is something a little different from the group the Redskins had in place.
“Size. You know, there’s not many big guys,” he said. “There’s the speedy, craftier, more route-running guys here traditionally. Just to come in and be a big receiver, make big plays, go over guys and score touchdowns.”