As soon as the doors of the NFL‘s free agency market opened this offseason, Washington Redskins President and GM Bruce Allen went shopping. The man knows how to shop because he was in there a while. As a matter of fact, Allen didn’t emerge for weeks. His bride of 18 years got tired of waiting on a neighboring commercial bench and closed up shop. You might ask what in the world was on his list?
Allen was in the market, as it were, searching for a cast of formidable defensive backs to fortify the Redskins’ secondary. His itinerary shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to league analysts or the encompassing fanbase. Washington’s secondary was a bad joke last season and could have easily been injected into the forefront of The Tonight Show’s commencing monologue.
The Redskins’ defensive backfield is long overdue for an Oscar nomination, closely followed by an Academy Award for best comedy. The unit has also made a strong case for warranting their own reel in the NFL Follies 2013 gallery.
Such implications haven’t flown particularly well with Allen, who acquired reckoning defensive back Bashaud Breeland to anchor the Redskins outfield. Breeland joins a crowded cast of promising defensive prospects in Tracy Porter, Richard Crawford, David Amerson and Chase Minnifield. Also provisionally entrenched on the Redskins’ training camp roster are battle-tested and sorely incompetent pass prevention enforcers E.J. Biggers and DeAngelo Hall.
Will Breeland be able to hold his own against the likes of Porter, Crawford, Amerson and Hall? Wowing coaches and superseding Hall’s game won’t be particularly difficult. Hall has 11 years of experience getting fried by the league’s most substandard wideouts and Minnifield is likely in the camp on a provisional basis. His development and durability have been questionable factors and he has blatantly struggled in preseason games.
Breeland is a fluid athlete who can shadow, mirror and stay in phase with the most explosive wideouts. He is disciplined and disruptive in his play against the run. Breeland also boasts tremendous range as a cover corner. He accelerates well in his breaks and stays hip-to-hip with his assignments. Breeland has clutch cover awareness with synchronized eyes and reaction quickness. The ex-Clemson Tiger is the cats meow for a Redskins outfield in urgent need of a mean, physical, ball-hawking corner to play the slot.