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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer defends Bashaud Breeland and casts shadows on reporters [WATCH]

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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland appears safe in Minnesota to the chagrin of the fans who called for his overthrow.

Breeland, who signed a $ 3 million one-year deal with the Vikings after making the last two Super Bowls with the Kansas City Chiefs, had a complicated relationship with the fan base in his first five games in purple and gold.

Breeland failed to live up to his championship pedigree and is one of the worst cornerbacks in the NFL in Pro Football Focus position grades.

In the midst of a frustrating second half against the Detriot Lions, Breeland committed a pass disruption; a penalty was booed by 66,538 fans at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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Breeland welcomed the review and played better in the final quarter. However, he went to Twitter to share his frustrations with fans in a post-game NSFW tweet.

Trainer Mike was asked if Breeland would be reprimanded for his tweet, which the Vikings trainer treated with his all-too-familiar gruffness.

When asked if Breeland would face disciplinary action for his post-game tweet, Zimmer was briefly at a press conference Monday before turning to a Bree-land defense for previous actions against a reporter.

“We’ll deal with it,” Zimmer said before referring to a press conference at which Breeland agreed with Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson when he asked if his worst league ranking in Pro Football Focus (PFF) was embarrassing.

“I actually think he played pretty well. If the reporter had asked me that he was recently asked that he was ashamed to be 103rd in PFF, he could attack him too. “

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Here is the Breeeland and Tomasson exchange early last week.

Breeland is fighting an uphill battle this season due to its bad start to the season.

The 29-year-old corner allowed 18 receptions on 21 targets (85.7%) for 257 yards and four touchdowns in the first three games of the season for a near-perfect quarterback rating of 157.2 when targeted in coverage.

Since then, he’s allowed five receptions on nine goals (55.6%) for 24 yards and no touchdowns in two games.

Breeland’s performance against the Lions was his best yet, provided he faced a Jared Goff-led passing game that was unproductive, attempted the fifth most passes, and won the 23rd most yards in the NFL. He allowed three receptions on seven targets for 19 yards and published a 50.3 quarterback ranking that was allowed in coverage.

However, his grade did not improve dramatically. This season it ranks 167th out of 179 rated corners in five weeks and is the worst rated corner (42.1 PFF class) of all corners with at least 200 snaps.

The Vikings face the Carolina Panthers this week, and it is unclear how the team will develop once Cameron Dantzler returns from COVID-19 logs. The second year corner is currently the 13th corner (76.2 PFF degrees) in the league, but has only 39 snaps to show for this season.

Since then, he’s allowed five receptions on nine goals (55.6%) for 24 yards and no touchdowns in two games.

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