In Chiefs news, cornerback Bashaud Breeland is suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season.
Breeland’s suspension is due to a violation of the league’s policy on substance abuse. Per USA Today,
"Breeland was arrested on April 28 in South Carolina on charges of resisting arrest, transporting alcohol with the seal broken in a motor vehicle, open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams of hash and driving without a license, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office."
As Adam Schefter noted in the tweet above, this means Breeland will not be on the field for games versus the Texans, Chargers, Ravens, and Patriots, which is going to be a pretty big miss. Breeland played a huge role in getting Kansas City their first Super Bowl title in 50 years and now the Chiefs will be without their top cornerback in the first quarter of their defending season.
With Breeland out, the Chiefs will rely on Charvarius Ward, Rashad Fenton, Chris Lammons, and Antonio Hamilton to fill the void at cornerback. Ward and Fenton played well last season, but they also had Breeland out there to help them.
The Chiefs also drafted L’Jarius Sneed in the fourth round and Thakarius Keyes in the seventh round, who both could contribute for sure. Sneed was drafted as a safety, but the Chiefs likely will transition him into more of a cornerback.
Not having Breeland for this stretch is going to be challenging, as both the Texans and Ravens will put up points on the Chiefs. The Texans game isn’t as worrisome, but the Ravens one is in Baltimore and the Ravens definitely have this game circled on their calendar due to being 0-2 against the Chiefs the past two years.
Not having the top cornerback on the team is never a good thing, but the rest of the defense should hopefully step up and get the job done. The Chiefs struggled at the cornerback position in 2018 too and they still won 12 games and held the number one seed in the playoffs.
Their offense can score points – everyone knows that – and as long as the defense can make a few key stops, this four game suspension hopefully won’t be a big deal when it’s all said and done.