The Redskins are Briscoe’s third NFL team. He led the Buccaneers with six touchdown catches last season.
“It’s tough, especially coming off the season I did have,” Briscoe said after participating in a morning walk-through in the indoor practice facility at Redskins Park. “I felt like I had pretty good security. But things happen. I’ve got to make the best out of it.”
Briscoe gives the Redskins another candidate for the wide receiver corps that the team remade in the offseason, signing free agents Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan to go with holdovers Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss in a bid to aid the development of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Briscoe said he expects to be able to learn the Redskins’ offense quickly as he vies for a roster spot.
“There’s a bunch of good wide receivers out here, especially with the young quarterback we have, RGIII,” Briscoe said. “I’ll go out there and compete and hopefully earn a job.”
Former Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris is on the Redskins’ staff as the team’s defensive backs coach. Briscoe said he thinks he would still be in Tampa if Morris had remained the Buccaneers’ coach. He also said he believes Morris likely played a role in the Redskins’ decision to claim him off waivers.
Briscoe called Greg Schiano, the Buccaneers’ first-year coach, “a good guy, a real good coach,”and said: “I’m pretty sure he had a good reason why I didn’t fit his program.”
Briscoe confirmed reports that he missed some of the Buccaneers’ voluntary offseason workouts because of a personal matter and failed the team’s conditioning test before he was released.
“I had a bunch of personal stuff going on at the house, so I missed some voluntary workouts,” Briscoe said. “The conditioning test, everyone didn’t pass. I feel like that was a big reason why [he was released]. It stuck out with me not passing because I wasn’t there at the offseason training. So they made it seem like I was out of condition, which I’m not. I have to take advantage of the opportunity now.”
Briscoe was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the NFL draft in 2010 but was released months later in September. He was signed to the Buccaneers’ practice squad, with Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis expressing displeasure at the time that Briscoe had been offered significantly more money to be on the practice squad in Tampa than Cincinnati was willing to pay him to return to its practice squad. Briscoe was promoted to the Buccaneers’ roster in November 2010. He had six catches as a rookie and 35 more last season, when he averaged 11.1 yards per catch.
He called it “disheartening” and “bad on your self-esteem” to be released at the outset of training camp, but said he’s ready to move on.
“Every time you get released from a team, you always have to start over and prove yourself over and over again,” Briscoe said. “It’s the type of league we’re in. We’re all professionals, and everyone is good. So you’ve got to go into camp expecting nothing is promised, and go out there and give your all.”