Scot McCloughan’s To Do List: Part 5 – Defensive Backs

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Nov 23, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches the ball against Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) during the second quarter at Levi

Bashaud Breeland

Bashaud Breeland was a pleasant surprise in his rookie season. The 2014 4th round pick started the first 2 games of the season as a 3rd CB and then took over the LCB job in week 3 when DeAngelo Hall tore an achilles tendon in a loss to the Eagles. Breeland performed well from the start.

Breeland had his breakout game versus Dallas

Breeland scored a 0.67 rating in the opener versus the Texans while splitting the 3rd CB snaps with EJ Biggers. Breeland then scored a 1.29 in the blowout over the Jaguars. He progressed over the next few games and had his first INT in week 7 in a win over the Titans.

Then on Monday Night Football in week 8, Breeland had his breakout game versus Dallas. He had 4 passes defensed including knocking away the final pass of the game in overtime. His 1.00 rating defending Dallas star Dez Bryant and the Cowboys set a high standard for the rookie CB.

Breeland struggled some in week 15 versus the Giants and ROY, Odell Beckham Jr. Breeland scored a 0.80 rating for the game with a 0.75 raing in the 2nd half. Breeland had 4 penalties in the game.

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The next week, Breeland had the game saving INT versus the Eagles. He earned a 0.87 versus the pass happy Eagles. Breeland didn’t wear down despite being on the field for 89 plays, 61 of them passes.

Breeland finished out the season playing well against the Cowboys again. Despite the Redskins getting blown out in the first half, Breeland had a 1.00 rating for the game. Breeland had a season high 10 tackles in the game.

Breeland gave up 5 TD receptions on the year with 4 of them coming in his first 5 starts. The fifth TD was versus TB and was more Ryan Clark’s reponsibility than Breeland’s. He also had an excellent 14 passes defensed and 2 INTs.

Breeland developed well throughout the season. He takes film study very seriously and seems to want to be the best. If Breeland continues to work at his craft, he will be one of the best.

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