A season ago, Dezmon Briscoe was a young NFL player whose career was on the rise.Right now, hes just trying to land a job.Briscoe caught six touchdown passes for the Buccaneers in 2011, but was waived late last month after reportedly failing a conditioning test. Twenty-four hours later, the 22-year-old found himself on the Redskins, hoping to snag one of the final spots.Once you get cut, you want to prove that the other team was wrong as well as everybody that feels that this guy slacked off in the offseason and is out of shape, which is not true at all, he said this week. I guess I wasnt fitting in their program and they made their decision. Im okay with it. Im just trying to seize my opportunity now.Asked about his goals for the upcoming season, Briscoe was humble.Big break out year? he said, shrugging. I dont want to go that far with it. Right now Im just trying to make the team and get a job.Although Briscoe was not targeted in the Redskins preseason-opening victory in Buffalo, he has impressed Coach Mike Shanahan with his playmaking ability in practice. Secondary coach Raheem Morris, who was the Bucs head coach last season, likely played a role in convincing Shanahan to take a chance on Briscoe.You can see he is a football player, Shanahan said. He has made plays throughout training camp and practice, and he will get a chance.That chance could arrive Saturday in Chicago. And, if it does, Briscoe said hes had enough time to familiarize himself with Shanahans offense and will be ready.My comfort level is very high, Briscoe said of learning the Redskins offense on a truncated schedule. I go out there confident, knowing that I know what to do and put good stuff on film.Coaches are critiquing everything, whether its a key block or a big catch, he added. Youre just trying to do the little things to surprise the coaches.Briscoe is battling Anthony Armstrong, Brandon Banks, Aldrick Robinson and Terrence Austin for the final two spots on the Redskins roster at wide receiver. The others also contribute on special teams; Briscoe does not. Which means the Texas native must prove himself to be a superior pass-catcher in order to claim a spot.Two things are working in Briscoes favor: at 6 foot 2, 210 pounds, hes bigger than his competition, and he caught more touchdowns last season than the others have combined in their careers.I think my height is probably my biggest thing, Briscoe said. Me and Leonard Hankerson are the biggest receivers we have. So that helps me out a lot.After having a limited role against the Bills, Briscoe knows hes got to start showing what he can do in games. But hes not sweating it yet.We got three games left, he said. I still got a little more playing time this preseason. Thats my opportunity and I have to take advantage of it.
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
July has been a month filled with heartbreak for the officers that serve and protect the state of Texas, so the last thing the Leander Police Department expected was a gift from an NFL quarterback.
Redskins' backup Colt McCoy, a University of Texas alum, surprised the officers in Leander with a thank you of the highest order: Dunkin' Donuts and coffee.
Along with the police-friendly treats, McCoy left an endearing note to the department, taking time to appreciate what they do for their community, and thanking them for their dedication
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
A Dan Snyder headline displaying his charitable heart of burgundy and gold — what planet are we on?
On Wednesday, the world learned the Redskins owner had been outed as the anonymous donor that paid for the funeral of superfan 'Chief Zee.'
News of Zema "Chief Zee" Williams passing away earlier this month proved a crushing blow to both Redskins' fans and current and former members of the organization to which Chief Zee pledged his allegiance.
To recap how beloved the unofficial mascot is, first, longtime Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss left a bouquet of flowers next to Zee's casket, and then Snyder makes all right in the world by covering the funeral services.
The services, by the way, closed the book on the life of Williams in the only way it could: Singing "Hail to the Redskins."
RICHMOND—The Redskins are going to go with the younger players on the roster to fill the void left when outside linebacker Junior Galette went out for the season with a torn Achilles. At least that is the plan for now, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Gruden tried to make it clear that the team was not down about the loss of Galette except for feeling bad for the player as a person.
We're upset, obviously, more so for him as an individual,” said Gruden. “Just watching him work, getting ready from the previous injury, how hard he was training, the attitude he came into the building with and the excitement that he was going to bring to this football team only to see it cut short with another Achilles, I'm devastated . . . for him.”
But Gruden said that the organization is taking the proverbial “next man up” approach.
“As far as this football team, injuries are part of the game,” he said. “We have to rebound. We have Ryan Kerrigan, we still have Preston Smith, we have Lyndon Trail, we have some young guys, Houston Bates. They're going to have to fill the void that he so-called would have filled for us. We still have some good pass rushers in here who are going to produce.”
What about the possibility of converting Trent Murphy, who moved from outside linebacker to the defensive line this offseason, back to a linebacker?
“That could happen,” said Gruden. “But there's so much nickel pass rush nowadays, the amount of time we're in a true 3-4 alignment is very slim, about 30 percent now. We have guys that can fill that void, we want to keep Trent inside for now to play defensive end in our nickel and our sub packages.”
In other words, they aren’t going to make any major moves until they have a good idea of what they have in house.