E.J. Biggers, LeSean McCoy E.J. Biggers, left, started Monday at safety and was asked to tackle more than he usually does at cornerback. On this play, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy hurdles him. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

With starting safety Brandon Meriweather on the inactive list for Monday night’s season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins used cornerback E.J. Biggers at safety for most of the game.

Biggers, a free-agent addition in the offseason, said he last had played safety in high school and didn’t begin preparing to play the position in practices until last week.

“Just last week,” Biggers said Wednesday at Redskins Park. “But me playing a nickel [cornerback] position, knowing a nickel position, you know where the safety’s gonna line up, what the safety’s responsibility is most of the time. It was a change. But it was nothing that I wasn’t ready for and I wasn’t prepared for.”

The Redskins began the game with Biggers at safety alongside rookie Bacarri Rambo and with DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and rookie David Amerson at cornerback. So they essentially had four cornerbacks on the field. Yet they still struggled to slow down the Eagles’ uptempo offense, especially in the game’s early stages.

Biggers said playing safety required an adjustment but he said the team’s coaches prepared him well.

“The angles are different because you’re coming from deep middle,” Biggers said. “You’re the last line of defense at times. But other than that, my coaches … put me in a great position and they had me well prepared.”

Biggers said he doesn’t know if he remains in the team’s plans as a possible alternative at safety.

“I’m always gonna be ready, whatever it is,” Biggers said. “That’s the kind of guy I am and that’s the kind of locker room we have. It’s always next man up. If you go in the game, you’re always prepared to step up. The roster is cut down so you’re always thinking about if something happens, somebody’s got to step up. You always want to be prepared for anything.”

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What’s ahead:

● Robert Griffin III, London Fletcher and Mike Shanahan speak with reporters after today’s 1 p.m. practice.

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