Secondary Changes Leave E.J. Biggers Without Clear Role
The cornerback appeared to be in line for a starting role this season when he signed a one-year contract back in March, but circumstances could leave him on the sidelines.
BY ZAC BOYER
RICHMOND – If one were to play word association with Raheem Morris, the Redskins’ defensive backs coach wouldn’t hesitate when thinking of E.J. Biggers.
“Speed,” Morris said Thursday, interjecting when hearing the cornerback’s name before a question had even been asked. “He plays the game above the neck, which is where games have to be played. He’s just one of those guys that brings speed, toughness, depth.”
The Redskins needed a player to satisfy all three qualities, which made it an easy decision to sign the 6-foot, 185-pound Biggers earlier this spring. It didn’t hurt that Biggers spent his first four seasons with the Buccaneers, with Morris the head coach for three of them.
And while Biggers has worked extensively as the first-team nickel corner during training camp, his role is uncertain. Much of that is because the Redskins have been without starters Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall for extended periods as they’ve battled injuries; ideally, the team would like to have Wilson rotate inside and cover the slot, with rookie David Amerson entering on the right side.
That would leave Biggers as the fourth cornerback, which is a vastly different position than the one he held when he signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract in March. At the time, Hall wasn’t under contract, and it appeared Biggers would start alongside Wilson.
Those changes, Biggers said, haven’t bothered him one bit.
“It’s been like that when I was in Tampa, and it’s the same thing,” said Biggers, who was the Buccaneers’ nickel corner last season. “Whenever your number’s called, you just gotta be ready, especially in the secondary, man. Sometimes you have four corners, five corners on the field. Whatever it is, I’m willing to do.”