Bashaud Breeland’s great rookie season is being recognized by NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, as the Clemson product was named to his All-Rookie Team.
Breeland — the Redskins’ fourth-round selection and 102nd pick overall this past NFL Draft — was the 10th cornerback taken, but, as any Redskins fan knows, he far exceeded expectation especially considering he wasn’t pegged as a starter early on.
But, when DeAngelo Hall went down for the season Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles with a torn Achilles, Breeland was asked to step up.
And, boy, did he ever.
In 16 games, Breeland recorded 71 tackles — tied for sixth-most on the team — along with a team-high 17 passes defensed and two interceptions.
His grandest moment, or at least the most visible, came against Dallas Week 8 when he held Dez Bryant to just three receptions for 30 yards.
Then, on the final play of the game, Breeland extended out to make a game-winning play:
In Week 16, Breeland’s clutch gene once again showed on national television, as he hauled in a late interception that helped set up a game-winning field goal:
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