On Sunday, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden spoke of cornerback Bashaud Breeland, saying at times he can be “overly competitive” but for the most part he liked his performance in training camp. CSN Mid-Atlantic writer Rich Tandler took the “overly competitive” statement of Gruden’s and went a step further in his analysis. That apparently caught the evil eye of Breeland, who responded via Instagram, questioning Tandler’s motives.
Maybe Breeland was still fired up from the article because during the Redskins’ walkthrough on Monday morning, Breeland was “overly competitive” jamming wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. Pryor took exception and a jarring started, that led to Gruden yelling out of frustration, “Get me a new corner,” according to Nora Princiotti of the Washington Times.
Breeland had jammed Pryor hard. Gruden, Pryor, Breeland had a few words and Gruden yelled "Get another corner!" Tevin Homer subbed in.
— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) August 7, 2017
Breeland still trying to hang around and explain himself about bringing intensity. Gruden told him no need for intensity, it's a walkthrough
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 7, 2017
Of course, this latest incident, whether deemed minor or not within the organization, is a reminder to an article by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer that Redskins Insider’s Mark Bullock pointed out on Twitter.
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 7, 2017
Breeland is in the final year of a four-year deal. He was once deemed to be the Redskins top corner, now Breeland could be on his way out depending how the 2017 season develops. The team drafted highly-touted cornerback Fabian Moreau out of UCLA in the third round of this year’s draft. Many analysis suspect Moreau could be Breeland’s replacement if the team chooses not to re-sign him after this season.
With the increasing spotlight on the situation, Breeland appears frustrated with any slight. As he has had a history challenging negative opinions on him. Whether his jarring at Tandler was related to the incident in practice with Pryor is debatable, but it adds to the perplexing situation.