Outside-in: Five Washington Redskins training camp thoughts from 100 miles away

Who says you can't have takeaways on the Redskins training camp even if you're not at practice.

NOT IN RICHMOND -- The Washington Redskins have been in Training Camp for a little less than a week now. Of course, observing the action first hand can be beneficial, but there's certain things that are easy to see even 100 miles away from Richmond, VA. Below we'll list five topics that stick out from an outsider's perspective:

Bashaud Breeland is shutting down Richmond - The third year cornerback appears to be playing at a new height so far in training camp. He's the main name you hear making big plays everyday. The next step for Breeland to receive national respect is to create more turnovers. So far in camp, he's had several interceptions. Even new partner-in-crime, Josh Norman, raved about Breeland earlier in camp -- "[He can be the] best once he puts his mind to it." It sure sounds like Breeland could have the best year of his career this season. 

* Stephen Paea has been disruptive -  Washington's biggest free agent signing in 2015 didn't receive much playtime last season partly due to not being healthy. This year, however, Paea appears to be healthy and back to his disruptive form. The sixth-year vet could really give Washington's defensive line a boost with his ability to rush the passer. Paea is a strong lineman with quick, explosive hands. The Redskins need him to stay healthy and play to his potential in 2016.


DeSean Jackson is still unstoppable downfield - Much is said about Jackson every year when he decides to miss most off OTA's. However, the guy understands how to prepare himself for football and that appears to be evident so far in camp. Jackson put on a few pounds this off-season, hoping that helps keep him healthy. It sounds like he's having some good battles against Norman and Breeland. Having an opportunity to practice against that caliber of talent will only help Jackson prepare for the regular season. The 9th year vet could be set for a big season. 

Josh Norman's leadership has been infectious - The Redskins already had several strong leaders on the team, but the addition of the Pro Bowl corner has been great so far. Norman has used a soccer ball while walking on and off the field as a bonding tactic -- which is pretty unique. He knows what it takes to build a Super Bowl caliber team and that truly benefits the Redskins. While Washington's defense has leaders, they really haven't had a star player who commands respect and is vocal since London Fletcher. 

* It's all about football -  For the first time in an extremely long time, the Washington Redskins have a drama-free training camp. It's not about one person or situation -- it's about Redskins football. 

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