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Bashaud Breeland wants DB's to be a "dominant species" like lions or tigers

Bashaud Breeland wants DB's to be a "dominant species" like lions or tigers

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."


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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.


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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.