The Kansas City Chiefs entered this season with questions at the cornerback position. So far, the pass defense has actually stood out. They are ranked in the middle of the pack in passing defense. That is significant considering their struggles against the run. To this point, I would also argue that Bashaud Breeland has been the Chiefs best cornerback. While Kendall Fuller had high expectations, Breeland seems to get beat less consistently of the two.
Meanwhile, Kenny Golladay has a chance to breakout at wide receiver. The Detroit Lions wideout is now in his third career NFL season. He has continued to develop nicely. However, Golladay has had a slow start to this year’s campaign. Luckily for the Lions, the catches he makes in clutch situations have led to a strong start to the team’s season. With that said, let’s breakdown how each player could fare in this week’s matchup.
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Bashaud Breeland has performed as advertised in the first three weeks. He is at his best in press coverage at the line of scrimmage. The thing that makes Breeland so good in this area, is his footwork and fluid hips. It’s evident the way he mirrors receivers makes it difficult for quarterbacks to fit certain throws in against him.
Along with man coverage, the zone coverage prowess Breeland shows is underrated. He may not be the fastest cornerback, but there plenty of positives when he closes down on routes and plays downhill. In fact, Breeland’s play against underneath routes makes quarterbacks have to make perfect throws. He may also be the best tackling cornerback the Chiefs have had in a good while.
After injury riddled seasons, Breeland was excited to join the Chiefs this season. He mentioned how good of shape he was in entering this season. Breeland said, “the injury healed nice, it was just more about getting in shape.” In addition to being healthy, his excitement in joining this defense was encouraging to see. Entering Week One, Breeland said “we got a young group… they play a lot of press man, I like that. That’s who I am.”
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We mentioned how Golladay may have started slow this season. At the moment, he has hauled in 14 balls for 176 yards and two touchdowns. In his two road games, Golladay has just six catches combined in both outings. But, the Chiefs will face him in Detroit this week. In his only home game this year, Golladay had the hot hand. Multiple times, he beat Brandon Facyson against the Chargers, before eventually besting Casey Hayward for a score.
Bashaud Breeland and the Chiefs defense must be ready for his automatic hands. Make Golladay as uncomfortable as you can, and be able to disrupt any rhythm between him and Matthew Stafford. If Stafford cannot consistently connect with his top man, the Chiefs have done well in disturbing Detroit’s offensive mojo.
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Entering this season, Golladay was excited about the supporting cast the Lions had brought in. “We’ve got Danny Amendola, we’ve got Marv Jones, we’ve got KJ (Kerryon Johnson), we’ve got other guys on our team. It’s not just me.” Golladay was also eager to show how good this offense could be. “I feel like we’re going to be explosive. We’ve got a lot of explosive people in different positions. I’m excited.” So far this has paid off, as the Lions have opened the season at 2-0-1. Sunday will present a new challenge for this inspired offense.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.