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2013 Redskins Bubble Player: Dezmon Briscoe

Mike Harar gives an overview of bubble player Dezmon Briscoe and examines his chances of making the Redskins 53-man roster

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Dezmon Briscoe has several attributes that make him an attractive prospect at wide receiver. The first and most glaring attribute is his size; Briscoe checks in at 6'2", 210 lb's. That kind of size is not easily found at the wide receiver position, and when you combine it with his 4.66 speed, you have what could be a solid combination. While 4.66 will not win him any foot races against the likes of Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, and Skye Dawson, it is, at a minimum, serviceable for an NFL red zone threat.

Formerly a sixth round pick of the Bengals in 2010, he ended up getting cut by them right before that season started and picked up by Tampa Bay. He spent most of 2010 on the practice squad, but was called up late in the season and managed to catch a touchdown in Week 17 against the Saints. The following year, he was a regular contributor and appeared to be on his way to becoming a solid receiver in the NFL. Unfortunately, following the disappointing 2011 team season for the Bucs, head coach Raheem Morris was fired and Briscoe was cut the following summer as the new coaching staff came in.

Morris was then brought on by the Redskins as the secondary coach for 2012, and the team signed Briscoe one day after he was waived by Tampa Bay. Briscoe made the 53-man roster following a decent preseason, but only played in seven games, catching two passes for 22 yards and no touchdowns. The Redskins currently have Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, and Moss as virtual locks to make the final roster. If they keep six wide receivers, that leaves two spots to be had among Briscoe, Robinson, Dawson, Donte Stallworth, Devery Henderson, Lance Lewis, Nick Williams and Chip Reeves.

As the team heads into preseason action, Briscoe will need to exhibit again that he can take the physical tools he possesses and turn them into production on the field. Aside from that, another knock on him thus far is that he has not demonstrated that he can also be a big special teams contributor. He does not have the skills as a return threat, so he will most likely have to show that he is willing and able to cover and block on returns. The team kept him last year even though he had not done the aforementioned. Potential will only get a player so far in this league, and the question is whether he will show enough this August that they are willing to hold a roster spot for him again.