Cornerback E.J. Biggers, left, is comfortable in Washington, partly because defensive backs coach Raheem Morris was the head man when he was in Tampa Bay. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press)

E.J. Biggers may be one of the new guys in the Washington Redskins‘ secondary, but the fifth-year pro signed this offseason as a free agent from Tampa Bay says that it doesn’t feel like it.

“From Day 1 – I’ve been telling everybody this – from Day 1, it’s felt like I’ve been here all five years,” said Biggers, who is competing for a key role in Washington’s defensive back rotation. “I’ve got the chance to play in a familiar system, with a great, loose position coach, great coordinator and head coach, and with a great group of guys. I’m real comfortable.”

Biggers played under Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris for the first three seasons of his NFL career. Morris was head coach in Tampa Bay when the Bucs selected Biggers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.

The Redskins pursued Biggers in free agency, looking to improve a pass defense that ranked 30th in the league. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson return as the starters, but the crucial role of third corner remains up for grabs. That player takes the field in many formations, playing on the outside and allowing Hall to slide inside to cover opposing slot receivers.

Biggers’ competitors include second-year pro Richard Crawford and 2013 second-round pick David Amerson. Biggers said he’s willing to “just be whatever the team needs,” and that his main goal is to “perfect my craft every day,” and let the competition take care of itself.

A familiarity with Morris has helped Biggers.

“It’s real fun,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t know a term, and he’ll give it to me how he used to call it. It’s great to be in the room with him again.”

Additionally, with Wilson rehabbing from offseason labrum surgery, Biggers has also gotten a chance to be on the field more, which also has expedited his acclimation process. Biggers credits the leadership of Wilson and Hall for his comfort level as well.

“You never want to see anyone get hurt. But [Wilson] is still always into it mentally. Every time I come off the field, he’s there, talking to me, or I can ask him a question,” Biggers said. “He’s a guy I look up to – him and DeAngelo – as big brothers in that secondary. They’ve been around a while, so they’re coaching me up, each and every day. It’s a great group of guys. We’ve got some older guys that everyone’s looking up to and trying to match their intensity every day, and we’re having a great time, just trying to get better every day.”

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