The Washington Redskins loaded up at wide receiver this offseason to usher in a new era of D.C. football. Many of these new receivers are fighting to make the team. Right now, Dezmon Briscoe is one of them. Currently outside of the top six receivers, what are his chances of making the team?
Briscoe got his start in Tampa Bay, under Raheem Morris, who now coaches the Redskins secondary. That connection alone should get him a chance. And after watching his tape from the end of last season, I wouldn't be surprised to see him excel with enough opportunities–a lot of praise is flowing out of camp already.
We'll know how much the coaches like him by how much playing time he receives. If the Redskins throw the ball his way nine times–like they did with Brandon Banks week one–that's a good sign for Dezmon Briscoe. The staff refers to that as "giving him every chance." And as a back-up receiver, you can't ask for anymore than that.
At 6'2", 210 pounds Dezmon has the size that the Redskins staff looks for in an outside wide receiver. The real question with him has been consistency. However, he did find his way into the endzone in both of his career starts with Tampa, making him an interesting prospect with tremendous upside.
Although he has the physical gifts the Redskins are looking for, he's going to have to beat out a lot players who have been with the Redskins for some time. Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Aldrick Robinson and Brandon Banks have experience the playbook and with the coaches. They will be Briscoe's main competition, as the five battle it out for what will likely be two remaining roster spots.
In the end I think Dezmon Briscoe makes the team, even if it's just for insurance purposes. Anthony Armstong has been injured and none of the smaller receivers have really stepped up.
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