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Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland walks on the field during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bashaud Breeland bounces back with strong showing vs. Browns

- The Washington Times

Little more than a week ago the Redskins rookie cornerback had just been cited for marijuana possession, busted next to a run-down gas station in Richmond, where the Redskins held training camp. Monday night, he was whacking opponents on national television.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) passes in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Cleveland Browns in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, August 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

RG3, Redskins uneven but good enough to beat woeful Browns


The Redskins' first-team defense fared well. Led by Ryan Kerrigan's two sacks, the unit also played into the second quarter and kept former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and the Browns off the scoreboard. In two exhibition contests, the Redskins' starters have not allowed a point and have notched a total of three sacks.

Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel talks to the media during an NFL football Play 60 youth event at the Cleveland Browns practice facility Friday, June 27, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. The AFC rookies took part in the NFL's annual Rookie Symposium. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

RG3 to Johnny Manziel: Be yourself, use fame for good

- The Washington Times

Griffin said he doesn't know Manziel well. They have crossed paths during promotional Heisman Trophy appearances, but had little interaction otherwise. Griffin is 24 years old and entering his third year in the league. Manziel is 21 and just finished his third week of training camp. Three years in, Griffin realizes how impossible satisfying everyone is.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up on the opening day of Washington Redskins Training Camp at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kirk Cousins on Kyle Shanahan: 'I think he'll do good things for Cleveland'

- The Washington Times

Cousins, the Redskins' backup quarterback, was the subject of offseason trade rumors that most frequently connected him with the Browns. That would have reunited Cousins with Kyle Shanahan, who was the Redskins' offensive coordinator for the last four seasons and now holds the same position in Cleveland.

Washington Redskins strong safety Phillip Thomas (41) stretches on the opening day of Washington Redskins Training Camp at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

In NFL, pressure to return quickly from injury is intense

- The Washington Times

Phillip Thomas was a fourth-round pick out of Fresno State in 2013 and expected to evolve into a starter. But he lost his rookie season because of a Lisfranc injury that needed surgery. He made it through OTAs this year before injuring his hamstring. "As a coaching staff, we're frustrated because we just don't know if he's reliable and accountable enough yet from an injury standpoint," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said.