RICHMOND — At the start of training camp, Bashaud Breeland made headlines for reporting to Richmond with a band of puppies in tow. But while the third-year corner (like any other rational human being) enjoys a group of cute pooches, he's also displayed an affinity for tigers and lions on his Instagram — animals that are obviously a little more threatening.
As it turns out, the 24-year-old went to Allendale-Fairfax High School in South Carolina as a teenager and then attended Clemson University for his college career; both schools are known as the Tigers. But Breeland admitted on Sunday after practice that there's a deeper reason why he often features the two predators on social media.
"Tigers and lions, they're gonna get their prey man," he said. "And they dominate. Just two dominant species. And I feel like that's a mentality we [the secondary] should take on the football field, like we're lions and tigers."
Breeland went on to say that he's not exactly forcing that attacking approach on the rest of the defensive backs, but also certainly wouldn't mind seeing it carry over to other corners and safeties. And with aggressive players by his side like Josh Norman and DeAngelo Hall, it would appear it's a perspective that would mesh well with his particular group of guys.
So, with that in mind, if the 2016 Redskins' defense comes out of the gates looking a little hungrier than you're used to seeing, you'll know a certain someone had some success spreading his attitude.
"We're all out here tryin' to eat," Breeland said. "We got a point to prove, as a whole defense, and that's what we're trying to do. Come out here and get better and showcase it to the world."