Breeland hears trash talk from fans, gives it back
Drawing heat after inconsistent 2016
RICHMOND | Fans in the crowd erupted when Terrelle Pryor, in yet another highlight-reel training camp move, broke in on a route and caused cornerback Bashaud Breeland to slip to the ground. On the very next rep, Breeland was beaten again, this time with Josh Doctson hauling in a deep ball from Kirk Cousins.
The two-play stretch of frustration for Breeland did not go unnoticed by the rowdy thousands on hand for Saturday’s Fan Appreciation Day.
In previous Redskins’ camps, Breeland was a crowd favorite, but these days, the Burgundy-and-Gold faithful are quick to unload on the fourth-year veteran for his miscues — and the cornerback isn’t shy about giving it right back.
“I love talking to them, man,” Breeland said. “It’s fun for me ... giving them something I never had growing up. I never had a chance to talk to an NFL player growing up. So I try to give them as much of an experience I didn’t get.”
If he hears someone in the crowd yapping, he’s going to talk back — he says he’s just “always been that type of guy.”
Breeland has drawn his share of heat after an inconsistent 2016. Last season, he fired back against critics in a series of tweets in October.
It’s been a tough adjustment for a player who, in his first two years, emerged as a reliable corner and was rated by Pro Football Focus in 2015 as the
Redskins’ best defensive player.
When Josh Norman was signed last summer, many thought the Redskins would have one of the top cornerback tandems in the league.
Breeland, entering a contract year, has a lot to gain — or lose — this season.
“I’ve seen it all,” he said. “Topsy turvy, it be like that.”
Fans can be harsh with their sideline jibes. During Saturday’s practice, running back Rob Kelley was warned not to fumble the ball and “end up like Matt Jones.” (Jones lost his starting job after fumbling issues last season.)
Still, Breeland is trying to let fans know who he is. He said if they show him “their colors, I can show them my colors.”
“It’s fun,” Breeland said. “I don’t need fans for me to go out there and for me to feel good. You know what I’m saying? I can go out here and be capable and do my job. I don’t need that. I love the embracement, feed the fans and feel the energy off the fans as well. But at the same time, I don’t need it.
“But I like it.”
Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland says fans’ trash talk is “fun. I love the embracement, feed the fans and feel the energy off the fans as well. But at the same time, I don’t need it. But I like it.”