CB Bashaud Breeland

A freak injury prevented cornerback Bashaud Breeland from signing a deal during free agency’s opening week. He agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers before the team nullified the contract based on a failed physical.

Breeland suffered a cut on his left heel after being hit by a golf cart while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. That reaggravated an injury the cornerback had in elementary school that required a skin graft.women nfl jerseys

“It’s an old injury from the fourth grade,” Breeland told ESPN.com’s David Newton. “I don’t understand it. I’ve been through this before. I got over it at a young age. It’s a lot of money on the line. A lot of things going on.”

A team has an opportunity to land a premier nickel corner. According to Pro Football Focus, Breeland allowed a league-low 63.9 passer rating from the slot in 2016. The fourth-year pro bumped outside last season and still excelled.

Rob Demovsky reported two weeks ago the defensive back is now healthy and expected to pass medical tests. While Breeland may have missed out earlier, he’s too talented not to be signed by the start of training camp.official nike nfl jerseys

Like Breeland, Leonard Johnson is a standout nickel corner with the ability to start for multiple franchises. Unlike Breeland, Johnson doesn’t provide as much position flexibility.

Multiple-receiver sets force defenses to field three or four cornerbacks a majority of the time.

The 5’10”, 194-pound cornerback with 4.71-second 40-yard-dash speed doesn’t project well to outside corner. He’s much better working in tighter spaces because it allows him to take advantage of his physicality and route recognition.jersey nfl cheap

Johnson’s skill set is narrow yet important. cheap authentic nfl jerseys china He’s played in 77 career games for four franchises in six seasons.

“That toughness, that innate toughness he possesses, I think goes a long way in life and on the football field,” Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott said of Johnson, Matthew Fairburn.

The Bills added veterans Vontae Davis and Phillip Gaines this offseason. Gaines can cover the slot, but he’s not nearly as effective. If the Bills decide not to re-sign Johnson, he’ll move on and adeptly handle another defense’s nickel responsibilities.

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