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Need to Know: Redskins could try inexperienced options in Breeland’s absence

Aug 2, 2015, 5:58 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 2, 12 days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns.

If you need to catch up on what’s happening in Richmond, scroll to the bottom for a list of our posts from the last 24 hours. 

Redskins deep at corner—for now

RICHMOND—Somehow, Bashaud Breeland escaped major injury on Friday when he slipped while in coverage and bent his knee at an unnatural angle. It didn’t look good after it happened, as Breeland stayed on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field. He was in obvious pain as he the cart headed to the locker room.

The prognosis that came back, however, was quite optimistic given initial expectations. Jay Gruden said on Saturday that they expect him to be out four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. The Redskins’ season opener is six weeks from today. Breeland has been suspended for that game so he is first eligible to play on September 20 in Week 2 against the Rams. Should there be a setback he could miss that game and return the next Thursday night against the Giants or, since that is a short week, possibly on October 4 against the Eagles.

The Redskins’ depth chart at cornerback should be able to handle a one to three-game Breeland absence. Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall are the starters. With Breeland out many thought we might see David Amerson work in at the nickel spot. But Justin Rogers, who played some for the Redskins last year, lined up in the nickel spot after Breeland went out on Friday.

Jay Gruden said the team would sort through some options.

“We have Justin Rogers, we drafted Tevin Mitchel. He was a nickel in college at Arkansas and he’s going to get some reps,” said Gruden. “We’re going to try Kyshoen [Jarrett] in there a little bit today so we’ve got some guys in there to fill in.”

The surprise name in the mix was Jarrett, who was drafted out of Virginia Tech as a safety. It would be surprising if the team used a rookie who is a converted safety as their first option at nickel back with Breeland out. But he may be their best option

Gruden said that the team viewed Amerson as more of an outside corner. As a rookie, Amerson usually came in for passing situations but he would go to the outside with Josh Wilson taking the slot receiver.

Whichever inexperienced corner gets the roster spot that will be vacated by Breeland’s Week 1 absence from the roster will have to get up to speed in a hurry. The fourth corner on game days usually takes at least a handful of snaps and, of course, he has to be ready if any of the top three goes down with an injury.

Like most teams, the Redskins can survive one short-term injury at a position. The issues come with multiple injuries at a position. The Redskins will hope that the rest of the group stays healthy. They will be keeping a particularly close eye on Hall’s twice-torn Achilles tendon. It might be wise to give him a few extra days off to increase the chances that he remains on the field.


Today’s schedule: Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

—It’s been 217 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 42 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 11; final cuts 34; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 53

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  1. hk2000 - Aug 2, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    The problem is, this is a judgment call for Breeland’s replacement and practice is not always a good predictor of performance. Judging from last year, the coaches did not make the best decisions as to who to keep and who to release, I hope it’s not Gruden making the final evaluation because he’s clueless.

    • rtcwon - Aug 2, 2015 at 11:02 AM

      Spoken like a true non-athlete. The only better predictor than practice is games. And there are four pre-season games. Plenty of opportunities to find the best back up slot corner.

      As far as not picking the right guys, please give at least one example. By my count, only four guys let go even made another teams 53. Much like other Gruden bashing, this is completely baseless.

  2. kenlinkins - Aug 2, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Wow, moving a SS type into a CB position? The Redskins have 9 CB’s on the 90 man roster and they want to try and move a SS to play CB. What does this say about the talent level at CB. This will be interesting to watch in the preseason games. Let’s see who can move up and show he belongs in the NFL.

    • rtcwon - Aug 2, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      Slot corner is an entirely different position/skill set than outside corner. Not being clear on who the back up slot is says absolutely zero about the talent of the outside corners.

      Besides, I think this kid was converted from corner to safety and played all DB positions in college.

      • kenlinkins - Aug 2, 2015 at 12:41 PM

        You make a good point about the Slot CB vs. Outside CB. I did go back and read the scouting reports on Jarrett and found most said he was best fitted for SS but there were a few that said he could be a quality back up fit at Slot SB. The good news is that the new GM might have found a lower draft pick that can play both (SS / Slot CB). Not knowing the details of just what the new DC will run this year and what talents are required I might have jumped the gun with my old style ideas of DB’s.

  3. goback2rfk - Aug 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    They should allow marijuana in the NFL. A little mary jane is not a crime. How can a little grass be illegal and alcohol is fine.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 2, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      Spot on! One of many laws/NFL rules that lack logic and common sense.

    • kenlinkins - Aug 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM

      Agreed, but I just do not see the NFL changing any time soon as they think it would be a PR night mare for them. I am not sure they are correct as may of the younger fans seem to agree to you and me. I bet it will be on the table for the next CBA.

    • bangkokben - Aug 2, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      “A little mary jane is not a crime.” O contrar my friend. Maybe it shouldn’t be but if it wasn’t a crime the state of Virginia wouldn’t have gotten involved.

  4. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 2, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Ideally, I hope Amerson can step up in TC and move over to Breeland’s spot while Hall moves to the slot. TC can come out with many surprises and I’m not giving up on Amerson as a starting player on this team. If his only issue last season was not putting in the film work then he’s not as far away from a starting position that many think.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 2, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes NC State CB David Amerson is a “boom or bust” kind of prospect.

      “Junior year, 13 interceptions,” Mayock said. “Senior year, probably gave up more vertical touchdowns passes than any corner I have ever seen in my life.” Mayock said the puzzle is to figure out which corner you are getting, and that Amerson has some of the worst eye discipline he has seen, meaning he didn’t trust what he saw in front of him. Amerson actually declared early for April’s draft, but we agree with the rest of Mayock’s points.

      Source: Wed, Mar 6, 2013 10:08:00 AM

      Last year was a reprise of his senior year. Check Hogs Haven.

      Maybe Amerson can change, but he needs to wake up. Like now.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 2, 2015 at 1:17 PM

        Great stuff ifthethunderdontgetya. I really appreciate the article which is an informative read. It’s hard to separate from those horrendous stats how much was it a product of Amerson himself and how much was it from Haslett’s horrible pass coverage schemes. Regardless, you are right in pointing how bad his season was. This is similar to how he performed in college after a really impressive junior year at NC State. This is the enigma about Amerson; he can play at elite level but his lows are historically notorious at this point. Maybe he won’t be able to climb out of these lows and I imagine if his performance in practice are shown to be as poor in TC then he may be one of the surprised ones on the cut list.

        To further point out Haslett’s overall job in coverage schemes, if you look at Haslett’s coverage results over the years as shown below by QB rating…
        2014 – 108.3 – 32nd
        2013 – 96.1 – 27th
        2012 – 87.9 – 18th
        2011 – 87.4 – 21st
        2010 – 89.6 – 24th

        It’s clear that Quarterbacks must have favored throwing on our backfield since his arrival. In 2008 just two seasons before Haslett’s arrival, the team was ranked 7th in QB rating with a 75.6. End result, Haslett never fielded even an average unit in coverage in five seasons.

        I just hope the praise from the coaches keep coming in camp since the I believe the potential from kid comes with a high ceiling.

  5. mr.moneylover - Aug 2, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Justin Rodgers showed some promise last year but I hear kyshoen Jarrett is doing good things in practice as well and he might get a chance to start cause he pick up things very quick and his work ethic is really impressing coaches…its hard to impress deangleo hall if you impress him then you doing something right Archives

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