For wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, the anxiety associated with his time with the Redskins did not completely abate when he found out he had earned a spot on the team’s 53-man roster late last week. He was relieved at that news, to be sure. But once practices began this week, a new sense of angst settled in.
Will Briscoe be activated and dress for Sunday’s season opener at New Orleans? He said Wednesday he had “absolutely no clue” and that “I’m just as curious as you.”
Briscoe stood out during the preseason by notching two touchdown receptions after he was claimed off waivers this summer following his release by Tampa Bay. He tallied a team-high six touchdown catches for the Buccaneers last season, his second in the league.
After out-performing Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin – two receivers who did not survive the cut – Briscoe became one of seven receivers on the Redskins’ final roster. But he said he knows the team won’t let all seven suit up Sunday. Briscoe is behind Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson at the “Z” receiver position on the offensive depth chart.
Briscoe said the special teams depth chart would be a good indication of whether he’ll play against New Orleans, though as of midday Wednesday he said he had yet to look at it. If his name is on that list, Briscoe said, he’ll likely dress Sunday.
Until the special teams depth chart or some merciful Redskins coach informs him whether he’ll play Sunday, Briscoe will continue to feel anxious. It’s a feeling he’s grown accustomed to and one he’ll likely continue to experience each week for the foreseeable future. Such is the plight of the NFL player who makes the cut – but just barely.
“I’m a whole lot looser as far as the, ‘Am I making the team or not?’ standpoint,” Briscoe said. “But other than that, my foot’s still on the pedal. I’m still going full speed and giving good looks on the scout team and doing what I can on offense.”