In the preseason opener Friday at Kansas City, Dezmon Briscoe led the Bucs with four catches for 60 yards, all in the first half.
Not that anybody in Tampa Bay was surprised. Activated for the final two games last season after No. 2 receiver Arrelious Benn went on injured reserve with a torn ACL, Briscoe, 21, stepped in and stood out. He caught six passes for 93 yards, four of them for first downs. He got deep, hauling in a 54-yarder in the season finale at New Orleans. He also demonstrated great body control, catching a 2-yard fade over Saints cornerback Jabari Greer for a touchdown by dragging both feet in the back of the end zone.
With Benn making a slow recovery from knee surgery, Briscoe has taken control of the starting job opposite Mike Williams. "I had to wait until my opportunity came and make sure I seize it," Briscoe said.
Benn was (and still may be) shaping up as a sleeper, but Briscoe is making the most of his opportunity and may be difficult to usurp as the Bucs' WR2.