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Play of the day: Can Redskins’ Breeland get more picks?

Aug 2, 2016, 12:04 PM EDT

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RICHMOND—The good news was that Bashaud Breeland tied for the team lead in interceptions last year. The bad news was that he only had two.

Back to encouraging news, it looked like Breeland was in position to make a few more picks. He lost the handle on a pick in the end zone against the Panthers and he dropped another against the Giants in FedEx Field. The defense gave up touchdowns shortly after the missed opportunities. Holding on to the ball is a major area of opportunity for Breeland if he is going to become a top-level cornerback.

Last week Breeland said that he did a lot of film work over the summer. It also looks like he got to work catching the ball.

During practice on Saturday, Kirk Cousins threw an intermediate pass to rookie wide receiver Maurice Harris. The ball floated and Breeland went up for the interception. He make the catch, which was impressive as you can see in the photo below from the Redskins’ Instagram account. What was perhaps more impressive was that he held onto the ball after hitting the ground hard.

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Yes, it was just a practice in July. But Breeland developing some sticker hands could go a long way towards helping the defense this year.

It is presumed that teams will avoid throwing towards All-Pro corner Josh Norman, who had two pick sixed last year before teams started throwing to the other side. If that happens then Breeland will see a lot of passes coming his way. If he can make them pay by holding on to chances for interceptions then the defense the lives of opposing offensive coordinators will become very difficult when they are playing the Redskins.

  1. redskins12thman - Aug 2, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    As you say, Bashaud should get more balls thrown his way so he’ll have his shot at making more interceptions this season; so should whomever plays the Nickel and Cravens since Bashaud’s going to be a beast too.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 2, 2016 at 12:50 PM

      I really think we’re all assuming way too much about Cravens right now. There’s a chance he doesn’t even start this year.

      • redskins12thman - Aug 2, 2016 at 8:23 PM

        Assuming Cravens stays healthy, I think he will play some on special teams and come in on passing downs to either mark the TE or blitz with an interception and sack or two. Do you think he will do even less?

        • rtcwon - Aug 3, 2016 at 12:43 AM

          He’ll play on teams but it will take two injuries before he sees the field in Nickle. About two years before he’s able to beat out Bruton or Duke in base.

          If any rookie outside a top 10 or so pick starts, you have a bad team, not a good rookie.

  2. smotion55 - Aug 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    If he comes in and covers TE in some packages, hits hard and makes some plays that would fill a void we had last year . The back end is really deep this year and they might be cutting talent that would be playing for this team in the past.

  3. goback2rfk - Aug 2, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    I agree with the 1st post. No One is going Josh Norman’s way so this leaves Breeland to scoop upwards of 7 – 8 INT’s this year!

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