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Rick Stroud, Joe Smith and Greg Auman

Bucs' Dezmon Briscoe an emerging threat at receiver

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When receiver Dezmon Briscoe joined the Bucs’ practice squad last season, his talent was so intriguing that coaches immediately began looking at ways to get him on the field.

They tried him at split end and flanker and in the slot, but the success of others already at those positions created a bit of a backlog.

The upshot, however, is that Briscoe is even more prepared to contribute this season.

“He really got the ability to play all three (positions) just from trying to find a spot for him,” coach Raheem Morris said. “He’s just an exciting young player to watch.”

Judging by Briscoe’s performance thus far in training camp, it’s impossible to quibble with Morris. Briscoe has made a series of acrobatic catches, much like he did in the 2010 season finale when he caught a key touchdown against the Saints in just his second pro game.

“Right now, he’s just showing (off) in camp,” Morris said.

Briscoe’s rise only complicates matters in the receiving corps, where it’s expected coaches will face some tough decisions. Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn figure to be the No. 1 and 2 receivers, respectively, but the roles beyond that are still very much undefined.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:48pm]

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