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Five things to know about Bashaud Breeland

New cornerback brings experience, playmaking ability to Packers’ secondary


GREEN BAY – Bashaud Breeland officially is the newest member of the Packers' secondary.

Breeland, 26, recorded 270 tackles, 60 pass deflections with eight interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) in his first four NFL seasons with Washington, which selected the 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The signing of the fifth-year corner adds another versatile and experienced veteran to Green Bay's defense, which was in the market for a cornerback after Davon House was placed on injured reserve Wednesday morning.

Here are five things to know about the Packers' newest addition:

1. He was a four-year starter in Washington

Breeland started 58 of the 61 games he played during his four seasons in Washington (including playoffs). His 15 starts in 2014 were the most by a Washington rookie cornerback aside from the 16 started by Champ Bailey in 1999 and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green in 1983. Breeland made Gil Brandt's All-Rookie Team on that season after recording 66 tackles, 14 passes defensed and two interceptions. He has experience playing both boundary and slot cornerback.

2. He always has his hand on the ball

Breeland averaged 15 pass deflections per season during his four years in Washington, including a career-high 19 a year ago. He notched his eighth career interception on Dec. 10, 2017, against the Los Angeles Chargers and returned it for a 96-yard touchdown, the first of his NFL career. In 2016, he became the first Washington defender since Fred Smoot (2001-03) to open a career with multiple interceptions in three straight seasons. Breeland had a two-interception game against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 24, 2016.

View photos of new Packers CB Bashaud Breeland.

3. He has experience on kickoff returns

Should the Packers need a hand on special teams, Breeland has some experience returning kickoffs. He returned four of his 10 kickoffs last year for more than 20 yards, including a 35-yard return in the same game he returned the interception for a touchdown against the Chargers last December.

4. It all started at Clemson

Breeland compiled 159 tackles, 20 pass breakups, six interceptions and three sacks in 37 career games with 24 starts at Clemson. He entered the NFL Draft after a breakthrough season as a junior in 2013, earning second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors from the media after registering 74 tackles, a team-high 13 breakups and four interceptions.

5. He was a state-champion hurdler in high school

Breeland won a South Carolina High School League state title in the 400-meter hurdles during his sophomore and junior year at Allendale-Fairfax High School in Allendale, S.C. Breeland's contributions helped propel his school to the state track and field title during his junior year. He also led Allendale-Fairfax to a 10-2 record his senior year after rushing for 1,270 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Newly-signed Packers CB Bashaud Breeland donned the green & gold for the first time during Wednesday's practice at Clarke Hinkle Field

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