Josh Briscoe caught 56 passes as a Vol junior before slumping to just 14 catches as a senior in 2008. After being overlooked in last weekend's draft, he has signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins certainly could use some help at receiver. They ranked 23rd among the 32 NFL teams in passing last season, averaging just 189.1 yards per game, and ranked 28th in scoring at 16.6 points per game.
Washington boasts one of the NFL's top receivers in nine-year veteran Santana Moss, who is coming off a 1,044-yard season in 2008-09. Eight-year veteran Antwaan Randle-El, who posted 593 receiving yards last season, is another proven pass-catcher.
After those two, however, things get a bit dicey for the Redskin receiving corps. Consider:
- James Thrash, a 13-year veteran who is 34 years old, appears to be in the twilight of his career after catching only nine balls for 81 yards last season.
- Devin Thomas, a 2008 rookie out of Michigan State, caught just 15 balls for 120 yards last season.
- Malcolm Kelly, a 2008 rookie out of Oklahoma, caught a mere three balls for 18 yards last season.
- Marques Hagans is a two-year pro who caught just one pass for seven yards last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Anthony Alridge, a 2008 rookie from Houston, did not register a catch last season.
- The Redskins used one draft pick on a receiver last weekend, picking up Marko Mitchell (Nevada) in Round 7.
In addition to Briscoe, Washington has signed two more undrafted free-agent wideouts – Jaison Williams (Oregon) and John Halman (Concordia).
Given the lack of proven depth behind Moss and Randle-El, Josh Briscoe appears to have a pretty good chance to earn a spot on the Redskins' roster ... especially if he can recapture the form he flashed as a Vol junior in 2007.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles analyzing the pro potential of UT players who are attempting to make the NFL as undrafted free agents. Still to come are punter Britton Colquitt (Broncos), defensive back DeAngelo Willingham (Bucs), tailback Arian Foster (Texans), offensive lineman Ramon Foster (Steelers) and wideout Lucas Taylor (Broncos).