After leading the Buccaneers in touchdowns last season (six), receiver Dezmon Briscoe was unceremoniously cut this summer, citing off the field concerns.
The Redskins claimed and were awarded Briscoe off waivers, giving him the opportunity to battle through training camp for the final receiver spot. This is a challenge that Briscoe relishes.
"You have to continually show effort and perform," he said. "I may have had a good season [last year], but it's not about what you have done, it's about what you're doing now."
In each of the last two preseason games, Briscoe has been on the receiving end of a touchdown, averaging 50 yards per game. Briscoe's size (6-2, 210 pounds) and numbers reflect that he can be another red zone threat if he makes the Redskins' 53-man roster.
"Over the course of my career, you can see that I've been a red zone threat," he said. "I can take the tighter coverage and use my body to make a play."
On the eve of final roster cuts, Briscoe embraces the opportunity to solidify his spot on his new team, at the expense of his old team.
"It adds a whole lot of fuel to the fire," he said with a smile. "I want to go out there and show the coaches that let me go, that I could've made the team.
"But right now, I need to go out and put good stuff on film, to give the [Redskins] coaches more confidence in keeping me."
One knock on Briscoe going into this game was his supposed lack of experience on special teams. Brisoce responded by saying he played kick returner, punt returner and gunner on special teams at the University of Cincinnati, and is comfortable playing in the pros.
"I'm on pretty much every special teams unit except field goal blocking," he said. "I get reps in practice, and I'm looking forward to playing it in the game."