The Redskins brought in Andre Roberts last offseason to shore up the return game. The move didn't work out quite as planned.
While Roberts stabilized what had been a particularly poor return team, he also did not provide much of a boost like some other teams around the league see.
It comes as no surprise then that the Redskins might look for new options in the return game. Drafting Jamison Crowder out of Duke, who excelled in the return game in college, seemed like a player that would push Roberts.
While that may still be the case, at the latest OTAs Crowder slipped to fourth on the return depth chart and a new face emerged: second year cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
Breeland emerged as a strong defender for the 'Skins last season, and has been working with the starting defense so far this offseason. Breeland only returned simulated kicks in practice after Roberts and Rashad Ross, and yet the corner was excited by the prospect.
"I practiced it last year and did it in the preseason," Breeland said of returning kicks. "I like it a lot. As a DB you always want the ball in your hands."
It's worth noting that Crowder had been the third return man at OTAs prior to last week. In the time between, some allegations of domestic violence popped up via social media. The team and the player have no comment on the issue, and while the NFL is looking into the matter, there has been no police action.
It's hard to think a player as important to the defense as Breeland would return kicks, but if he proves a threat on special teams, maybe the corner could record some returns.
For now, Breeland seems locked in on the defensive end.
"Everything is clicking," he said. "It's coming real smooth."