Washington coach Jay Gruden 'hands off' on Bashaud Breeland's aggressive style

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson defensive back Bashaud Breeland returns an interception against Georgia Tech.

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Clemson defensive back Bashaud Breeland returns an interception against Georgia Tech.

Some coaches might tell Bashaud Breeland to keep his hands to himself.

But for now, new Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is content to let the team's rookie cornerback push the envelope - and perhaps a wide receiver or two - and see what he can get away with.

During the team's rookie mini-camp over the weekend, Breeland went head-to-head, aggressively covering every receiver he was matched up against, and sometimes using his hands to gain an advantage.

“As an offensive coach, we think it’s holding or interference. If it’s a defensive coach, it’s a hell of a job, so it is a fine line,” Gruden told The Washington Post. “We’re going to have referees throughout training camp and they’re going to police it, and we’ll continue to coach it up.

"But when he’s at the line of scrimmage, playing bump and run, he has the long arms and that’s his strength. We’ve got to make sure he watches the holding, but (I'm) very happy with the way he handled the mental aspect of the game, the coverages, and the physical obviously, with how he handled his technique.”

Breeland signed his rookie contract with the Redskins last week, joining former Tiger Jarvis Jenkins on the team's roster.

Ford Gets Panthers Tryout: Former Clemson tight end Brandon Ford was one of 35 unsigned players who got a tryout with the Carolina Panthers over the weekend.

Ford, who signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots a year ago, was one of the last players released by the Pats before the 2013 season began.

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