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Breeland Bringing Juice & Super Bowl Experiences to Vikings Locker Room

EAGAN, Minn. – He's unable to make plays yet, but Bashaud Breeland already is bringing the juice to Minnesota.

Breeland, or "Breezy," was all smiles Wednesday during his first session with Twin Cities media since signing with the Vikings last week.

"It was really easy," Breeland said of making the decision to join Minnesota. "I came and had my visit, and I was able to really communicate with everybody in the organization, and it was all love."

After spending the past two seasons in Kansas City, Breeland noted his departure from the Chiefs was a "farewell but not a breakup."

"It was never done on bad terms, but sometimes when one door closes, another one opens, and now I'm here with the Minnesota Vikings," he said.

Breeland paired his grin with a Scottie Pippen college jersey. It's not every day you see someone rocking the white-and-purple Central Arkansas Bears, but Breeland had to give a nod to the six-time NBA champion.

"He's one of the greats. A Hall of Fame player," Breeland said. "He got just as many rings as Michael Jordan – he just doesn't have the statue. But Scottie was a big part of [the Bulls dynasty]. And I really feel like me and Scottie are similar in a sense. We come in and do what we do. We don't fight for the credit. We just work."

Breeland stands just 5-foot-11 compared to Pippen's 6-8, but his personality and drive certainly isn't lacking.

He demonstrated the referenced work ethic during the Vikings Organized Team Activity Practice, despite the fact that he's recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and unable to participate in team drills.

View photos of the Vikings organized team activity on June 8 at the TCO Performance Center.

Breeland embraced some extra technique work with Head Coach Mike Zimmer early on in practice.

"He's really showing me how to get my feet moving and stay on top of the receiver," Breeland said. "A coach like that that really walks around, he's a defensive-minded coach, he loves the corners. I've never really had that type of head coach, so it's kind of new.

"The energy that he brings and gives to his players before practice, I mean he's a nice subtle guy, he moves quietly, but at the same time – when he talks, he speaks," Breeland continued. "He was teaching 'Pat Pete' (Patrick Peterson) the technique and looked over at me like, 'What you looking at, why you ain't out here?' I'm like, 'You teach one, you teach all of us,' but he still made me come out there and really get my own rep and get my own feel. He shows each player that they're their own person and he treats them accordingly."

He may be a seven-season veteran, but the 29-year-old will jump at any chance to improve his game. And if he can pass along anything from his experience to the position room's young bucks, he's ready to do that too.

He really has the best of both worlds, he said.

"That's what they want me to bring to this team – bring my physicality and really allow myself to come in and help these young guys develop during their journey and their career. I'm eight years in now. They've got a [young] group besides Patrick Peterson," Breeland said. "I get to come learn under Harrison Smith and Patrick Peterson, give my knowledge to the young guys, as well, and really bring the juice and the spunk and the energy to the team, you know what I mean?"

He may bring the energy, but Breeland also brings a unique type of experience after playing in back-to-back Super Bowls – and winning Super Bowl LIV – with the Chiefs.

Breeland is one of just two players on Minnesota's current roster to have won a Lombardi, joining veteran punter Britton Colquitt.

"Once you taste that type of success, you want to do it again," he said. "Once you taste it, man, it's an electrifying feeling; it's a feeling like no other. In life, you only get [a few] key moments like this … But once you get it, you're chasing it every day, every down, every play."

He might be trading in a red football jersey for purple, but Breeland is keeping his eyes on a third trip to a Super Bowl.

He's confident in his abilities and experience, to be sure. But Breeland emphasized that he's entering a new locker room open-minded.

"I feel like being here even though I'm dealing with an injury [is important] – being on the sideline and being able to build the camaraderie with the guys and show that I can really be there for them while they're competing so they understand who I am as a person," Breeland said. "I'm not coming in here to be selfish or coming in here to look to be 'the guy.' I'm coming to be a part of the guys that are already here.

"I've been there. [But that doesn't] make me better than any of these guys because I'm still learning," Breeland added. "For me to build them and show them, 'OK, this is what we do to get here, I've seen it. It's up to us as a group to come together and get to that goal.