Redskins auditioning Bashaud Breeland's replacement

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington Redskins return with two more practices Sunday. You know the deal by now: 10:35 a.m. walk-through and a 3 p.m. practice. You should know this, too: It'll be hot (high of 93 degrees). Here are three areas of interest for your morning wakeup call:

  1. Slot corners: It'll be a focus for a few weeks as the Redskins try to find one player who can take over for Bashaud Breeland in the season opener (and possibly Week 2). Justin Rogers has the edge and the most experience working here (more on him in another post). Safety Kyshoen Jarrett will get reps here; it'll take him time but I think he's smart enough to handle such a role. Also, rookie Tevin Mitchel played slot in college and has been up-and-down as you would expect. At times I like what I've seen from him; other times he needs to grow. But he played here at Arkansas. We should get an update, too, on Mitchel's sprained shoulder.

  2. Interior of the defense: I've focused heavily on quarterback Robert Griffin III, almost to the point of missing out on other aspects -- like the starting defensive line. Want to get a better feel for how they're looking. I see them in the one-on-one drills and have liked what I've seen in particular from Jason Hatcher (though he's too often vs. rookie Arie Kouandjio). I'd like to see someone give left tackle Trent Williams competition.

  3. Tight end Jordan Reed: Need to focus more on him and see how he's moving. He's a bit of a forgotten man this camp. Two years ago he looked excellent in camp and last summer it was about building off his rookie season. Yes, there's still attention on him but it's not as if he's making big plays. He knows what he must show this season. Also, I want to get a feel for how he's blocking, too.