Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland returns at the right time

The Washington Redskins return to work Wednesday with a practice this morning followed by media availability. Here are three areas of interest for your wake-up call:

  1. Corner Bashaud Breeland. He returns from his one-game suspension at a good time with Chris Culliver now out with his own suspension. Breeland hurt his knee in camp, but returned to play the final preseason game and hopes to have worked out some of the rust. Breeland’s physical style fits in well with what coordinator Joe Barry wants to do. The big key will be working in concert with the others after missing time. There were some recognition issues in the opener that will hurt them if they continue.

  2. Tight end situation. Jordan Reed made some nice plays in the opener, including his usual athletic grab. But Reed needs to focus much harder on the details of the game, with blocking and recognizing coverages and how to adapt. Newcomer Derek Carrier did a solid job as a blocker and, though not as athletic as Reed, he can continue to provide help. His blocking is much better than I anticipated; in person he looks like a bigger receiver. Anthony McCoy should be ready to contribute Sunday as a blocker.

  3. More secondary issues. Trenton Robinson, who filled in for Duke Ihenacho Sunday, likely will start unless there’s a change of heart. But this situation is far from over, as Robinson has primarily been a special teamer in his career. But this is a great chance for him. Also, safeties Jeron Johnson and Kyshoen Jarrett likely will figure into the mix. There’s also the new corner, veteran Will Blackmon. And there are questions about Justin Rogers' health (plantar fasciitis). The secondary depth is being tested immediately.