RICHMOND—The good news was that Bashaud Breeland tied for the team lead in interceptions last year. The bad news was that he only had two.
Back to encouraging news, it looked like Breeland was in position to make a few more picks. He lost the handle on a pick in the end zone against the Panthers and he dropped another against the Giants in FedEx Field. The defense gave up touchdowns shortly after the missed opportunities. Holding on to the ball is a major area of opportunity for Breeland if he is going to become a top-level cornerback.
Last week Breeland said that he did a lot of film work over the summer. It also looks like he got to work catching the ball.
During practice on Saturday, Kirk Cousins threw an intermediate pass to rookie wide receiver Maurice Harris. The ball floated and Breeland went up for the interception. He make the catch, which was impressive as you can see in the photo below from the Redskins’ Instagram account. What was perhaps more impressive was that he held onto the ball after hitting the ground hard.
Yes, it was just a practice in July. But Breeland developing some sticker hands could go a long way towards helping the defense this year.
It is presumed that teams will avoid throwing towards All-Pro corner Josh Norman, who had two pick sixed last year before teams started throwing to the other side. If that happens then Breeland will see a lot of passes coming his way. If he can make them pay by holding on to chances for interceptions then the defense the lives of opposing offensive coordinators will become very difficult when they are playing the Redskins.
The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.
The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent.
How will they do that, though? Starting with pick No. 17, will the Redskins draft a player based on need or based on their board? And which prospects would be the best fits for Washington?
Scroll through CSNmidatlantic.com's 2017 Redskins draft preview for the most in-depth coverage of the team's draft you'll find before the big night.
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From February to July of 2016, Redskins fans anxiously waited for news that quarterback Kirk Cousins would agree to a contract extension with the franchise. It never happened. It's late April, and Cousins and Washington are on the same track in 2017.
While fans grow wary of the lack of movement towards a new deal, some league sources think contract talks will heat up as the calendar draws closer to the July 15 deadline.
That doesn't mean Cousins can't have a good sense of humor about things.
To be clear, this is another year of Cousins working to promote the Holland Hospital in his hometown in Michigan. This is not an extension with the Redskins. And it gave a number of Redskins fans an outburst of excitement before a stark realization. Below are a few Twitter responses:
Considering how testy the contract talks between the 'Skins and Cousins representatives have been at times, it's good to see the club's all-time single season passing yards record holder be able to laugh about things.
It doesn't, however, mean much about the actual negotiations between Washington and Cousins.
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