Despite solid preseason, Briscoe knows roster spot is no guarantee

August 30, 2012

Despite touchdowns in back-to-back games during Weeks 2 and 3 of the preseason, and a nine-yard catch on his only target of the Redskins’ 30-3 win over Tampa Bay, wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe was worried Wednesday night about his chances of making the 53-man roster.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Briscoe demonstrated his play-making ability, and he is one of the biggest targets on Washington’s roster. But Briscoe saw a hole in his preseason resume.

“I felt like I had a good camp and think I had good preseason as well, offensively,” said Briscoe, who signed with Washington during training camp after getting cut by Tampa Bay. “Thing about it is, I didn’t take a snap on special teams, and that’s probably going to take it’s toll when it comes down to the final cut at the wideout position. Because, you know, the Aldrick Robinsons, the Brandon Bankses, the Anthony Armstrongs all contributed on special teams. So they’ll be looking at that as well.”

A third-year pro who had six touchdown catches for the Bucs last season, but fell out of favor with the team over the offseason, Briscoe said he is willing to contribute on special teams. But he didn’t have his number called all preseason. Instead, Armstrong and fellow receiver Terrence Austin served as gunners on kick and punt units, and Robinson and Banks both returned kicks.

Briscoe believes he can serve as an effective gunner.

“If you go look at the film, I’m a physical blocker, and that’s a lot of what special teams is, going down the field, being physical, making a tackle.” he said. “I shouldn’t have a problem with that.”

Although he didn’t get to prove his special teams capabilities, Briscoe hopes coaches appreciate the size advantage Briscoe holds over the 5-foot-11 Armstrong and Austin, the 5-10 Robinson and 5-7 Banks.

“It’s most definitely an advantage, especially down the middle or across the middle, throwing around linebackers,” Briscoe said. “It gives quarterbacks a little more comfort in there.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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