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Briscoe wasn't primary option on Bucs' fourth-down attempt



So, you’re probably wondering why on earth the Bucs would call a low-percentage fade pass on fourth-and-2 from the Houston 5-yard line.

In reality, they didn’t.

Receiver Dezmon Briscoe, the target of Josh Freeman’s incomplete second-quarter pass, said he wasn’t a primary option on the play, although he conceded he had a legitimate opportunity to make the catch.

“The play call wasn’t designed for me,” Briscoe said. “But I came off (the line of scrimmage) like I was getting the ball anyway. I turned around and the ball was there.

“The play was designed for either Kellen (Winslow) or (Preston) Parker. But I was alert and I looked back and the ball was in the air."

So, why did Freeman go to Briscoe?

"We probably would’ve needed more time for (Winslow or Parker) to get open, so Josh tried to make a play," Briscoe said. "It just didn’t go down the way it was supposed to. It wasn’t a tough play. I just didn’t make the play. It’s a play I usually make.”

[Last modified: Monday, November 14, 2011 4:30pm]


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