While the Redskins' poor pass defense last season would lead you to believe otherwise, the top of the team's depth chart at cornerback is all but set.
David Amerson and DeAngelo Hall are expected to start, with new acquisition Tracy Porter slated to be the team's nickelback.
So where and when does fourth-round pick Bashaud Breeland enter the picture, you ask?
Well, special teams is a start. One of the NFL's worst special teams units last season, part of the allure of drafting Breeland for Washington, aside from his potential, was his ability to play special teams.
In comments he made to ESPN.com's John Keim, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett expressed this. "In the meantime he'll be a great special teams player when needed," he said.
On the defensive front, Breeland's physical nature makes him an ideal candidate to cover the slot, albeit as the No. 4 corner. While Breeland has the tools to contribute more, he'll have to further eradicate his tendency to hold receivers, as Keim notes:
In the spring Breeland was way too grabby, not just incidental contact but rather he was always grabbing receivers on routes. But he's not doing that anymore. He did get called for one holding penalty Thursday, but that's different than holding or grabbing every play.
Additionally, as Haslett relayed to Keim, Breeland will have to garner a better understanding of different coverages.
Matched up with the likes of Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in practice, Breeland is learning through trial and error what does and doesn't work against NFL receivers.
In an interview with Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com, Breeland discussed this learning experience.
“They help me a lot, because you have to come in and compete and they can expose you. They also teach you while competing against you at the same time," he said.
In light of Porter's standing as a career NFL journeyman and Hall's age, the opportunity should arrive in the near future for Breeland to take on a more integral role in Washington's secondary.