Friday was Dezmon Briscoes 23 birthday. It was also cutdown day around the NFL, and the Redskins wide receiver wasnt certain he had done enough in the preseason to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.Everybody kept asking me what I wanted for a present, Briscoe said. I really didnt want anything. I told them, Just pray for me. The only thing I really wanted for my birthday was to make the team.On Friday morning, his cell phone rang. It was Paul Kelly, the teams director of football operations.He said, Coach wants to see you, Briscoe said. I was like, Um Then he was like, Calm down. Its not one of them calls. It was a good feeling.Briscoe said his talk with Shanahan was more of the personal one. But Shanahan was also very clear when the conversation turned to on-field expectations, he added.He just wanted to get to know me, said Briscoe, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on July 28 after the Buccaneers released him for reportedly failing a conditioning test. He didnt really know me as a person. He just wanted us to get to know each other a little better.Shanahan also said he wants me to come in and keep doing what Im doing, he continued. Keep making plays, catch every ball that comes my way, contribute anyway I can, whether its scout team or getting reps on offense.Added Shanahan: I felt very good about my conversation with him.Still, Briscoe didnt allow himself to relax until the 9 p.m. deadline for submitting rosters had passed. At 7:30, Briscoe tweeted, I hour 30 minutes A second call from Kelly never came. The team released Anthony Amrstrong instead to create a spot for him.No call is a good call, said Briscoe, who tweeted HTTR just after the deadline. I just basically showed up Saturday and had a locker.It was the end of a stressful week for Briscoe, who sounded downtrodden after the Redskins preseason finale against the Buccaneers. He had expected to see ample playing time but didnt enter the game until the second half and was hardly used, leading him to believe he wasnt in the teams plans.I was on the edge because I didnt play special teams, he explained.As it turned out, the 6 foot 2, 210 pound third year professional out of Kansas had already shown Shanahan enough. In three preseason games, Briscoe had hauled in six passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.Briscoe is a little bit bigger guy, Shanahan said. A very physical receiver, whereas Anthony is more of that X guy where hes got that great speed, very similar to Pierre Garon, Aldrick Robinson and even Brandon Banks. So we thought we were a little deeper at that X position than we were at that Z position, so thats why we went in that direction.So after an anxious birthday, Briscoe got the present he wanted. But he said Monday that he also knows this is not the time to celebrate, not for a player listed on the third string behind Garon, Morgan, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss.Just dont slack off, Briscoe said. Everything can easily get taken away. Dont take it for granted. Just go out there and contribute any way that I can.
Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.
Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:
For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.
By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself.
Josh Norman is the third Redskins player voted to the NFL Top 100 list for 2017 (so far). The annual ranking, voted on by current NFL players, unveiled No. 60 through 51 on NFL Network Monday night.
Norman landed at No. 59, joining teammates Jordan Reed (65) and Kirk Cousins (70). This marks the second straight season that the cornerback was voted into the Top 100 by his peers.
In 2016, Norman was ranked No. 11 on the heels of a Super Bowl berth with the Carolina Panthers.
The 2016 season was Norman's first with the Redskins, signing a $75 million contract to come to Washington after being released by the Panthers.
He started all 16 games for the Redskins and finished the season with 67 tackles, 19 passes defensed and three interceptions. Two of those picks came in the same game against the Bears in Week 16.
Norman enters the 2017 season as the team's top corner and one of the leaders of the defense, which saw a change of coordinator with Greg Manusky replacing Joe Barry.
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