The Dallas Cowboys signed wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe this week. They now have 11 receivers on the roster. The coaching staff believes this will cut down on fatigue and injuries as well as give them plenty of options. I really think Briscoe has the chance to rise above the rest and make the team.
Briscoe had a very productive college career at Kansas. He totaled 218 receptions, 3,240 yards and 31 touchdowns. He has also proven himself to be an effective professional player. In three years he has 43 receptions, 502 yards and seven touchdowns.
He spent last season on injured-reserve for Washington. Assuming he’s healthy and able to perform, I think he can add some depth and versatility to the Cowboys’ roster.
He does have his work cut out for him, though. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Devin Street and Dwayne Harris are pretty much locks barring injuries. It just depends on how many guys the Cowboys plan to keep at the position.
Versatility is one of the ways players can separate themselves in camp. Briscoe also has a history of special teams success.
While at Kansas, he returned kicks. He managed to rack up 651 yards on 27 attempts, which resulted in a 24.1 yard average. He did manage to score on one opportunity as well.
Harris is a very talented returner, but he’s not the most durable guy. Briscoe could provide depth as a kick returner. If he isn’t on the 53-man roster by opening day, I definitely think he’s a lock to be on the practice squad.
There are a lot of factors that play into teams keeping certain players. If he does make the team, I think he will be able to make an impact. He’s a familiar name who has proven to be a capable and competent professional player.
Dallas has proven it isn’t shy about taking chances on guys with histories of injuries in low-risk situations. They may have found another bargain deal with a bright upside in Briscoe.