Cornerback Bashaud Breeland isn’t making any excuses. He knows he got picked on by Giants quarterback Eli Manning and allowed two touchdowns in defeat on Thursday.
“When they find somebody they feel like they can go at, they go and target them. I’m one of those guys where I don’t get down on bad plays,” Breeland said. “I don’t get down on bad plays. It’s a short-term thing for me. I’m a corner, I’m going to get beat. I’m going to give up something, it’s just whether or not I make some plays. They get paid too. It’s just the nature of the game.”
Both touchdowns allowed by Breeland occurred in the fourth quarter. Manning connected with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for a 30-yard touchdown with 13 minutes 46 seconds left in the game. He connected again on a 41-yard touchdown to Rueben Randle on a ball deflected by Breeland.
“We know that he’s a tough competitor and like all defensive backs in the National Football League, especially young ones, you’ve got to have a short memory,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “You’ve got to remember why you got beat, but you’ve got to forget about it and move on to the next game. I know Bree is that type of guy, a tough-minded, physical guy and he’s going to have a bounce-back performance.”
The 2014 fourth-round pick said he’s fully healthy and won’t use his knee injury during training camp last month as an excuse. Breeland was expected to miss a month with a sprained right medial collateral ligament, but he made his debut in Week 2 against the Rams. He’s now the likely candidate to replace Hall as the outside corner opposite Chris Culliver. Breeland was in the same scenario last season as a rookie when he started 15 games after Hall tore his Achilles’ tendon.
“I’ve got to step up, I can’t be the weak link in the secondary,” Breeland said. “I’ve got to do what I got to do to help us win no matter if [Hall’s] here or not.”
Mark Bullock breaks down Breeland’s play against New York.
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