Breeland confident on being an elite NFL cornerback


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Former Clemson standout and Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland is ready for a breakout season in the NFL this season.

"My confidence is riding high," Breeland said to reporters via ESPN.com. "I feel I can do something special this year. I can put myself in the category of being the No. 1 corner in the league or in the top five."

In 2015, he had 81 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

Breeland has been observing new teammate Josh Norman's technique, and it has taught him some of the finer nuances at cornerback.

"I worked on my hand placement because of him," Breeland said. "I’m lower in my stance, so my strike target is lower [off the snap]. That helps. And my eyes. I’m just being more balanced, and that helps a lot. I watched to see how Josh does his quick jam and learned nuances from him."

Norman is also confident that Breeland will have a solid year.

"Once he develops that confidence and swagger about him to where no one can beat him, he’ll be just fine," Norman said. "I’m looking forward to him having a super year."

He had 71 tackles, 17 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in a stellar rookie campaign with the Redskins.

He was drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round with the 102nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

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