Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Briscoe has proven ability in the end zone.
In 2011, Briscoe hauled in six touchdowns from 35 receptions.
As Stephen Whyno pointed out for the Washington Times, the only player on the 2011 Redskins roster to get near that was Jabar Gaffney, who had five touchdowns from 68 catches.
The Redskins have lacked a solid threat in the end zone for some time, with the departure of Gaffney only exacerbating the situation. Briscoe can provide this, even when he isn’t high on the depth chart.
As mentioned on the opening slide, Briscoe led the Bucs in touchdowns last year, despite not being one of their top targets.
Probably the best example of this came in Week 7, during the Buccaneers' loss to the Bears. The Tampa Bay offense was struggling to string drives together for the whole game.
Briscoe, however, was having no such trouble. He had six receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. Four of these receptions were for first downs or touchdowns (via SBNation.com), which again illustrates his reliability. He consistently found ways to get open and emerged from that game as a real offensive threat.
Despite this, he had just one reception—for 46 yards—in the next game against the Saints and didn’t feature at all against the Texans after that.
His ability deserved better, and his preseason performance this year has only confirmed it. His lack of special teams experience isn’t much of an issue since Santana Moss is apparently clamoring to get involved.
Moss has always been a better return man than Banks anyway, but his status has prevented it. With the offseason additions at receiver, Moss will likely have a reduced role. This will enable him to go back to his roots and contribute on special teams.
However, Briscoe returned kicks for the Buccaneers on one occasion, so he would no doubt do the same in Washington if required.
He genuinely has the potential to be the No. 2 receiver for the Redskins by the end of the year. It's a bold claim, but that doesn't make it untrue. He deserves a roster spot, and one more solid showing will lock it up for him.
Let’s see, who are the Redskins playing next...?