RICHMOND — Though it may seem like E.J. Biggers has a more defined role this season at nickel back, you won’t hear him say that.
“It’s still camp right now, so we don’t know,” Biggers said. “Anything can happen. I’m just learning as much as I can at all times. It was the same way in camp last year, so I can’t really say.”
After playing multiple positions in the secondary last season, Biggers has mostly been taking reps with the starters at nickel and sometimes cornerback. On the Redskins’ unofficial depth chart, he’s listed as the backup to DeAngelo Hall at left corner.
He was a versatile contributor in Washington’s secondary last season, lining up both at cornerback and at free safety. He recorded 35 tackles and an interception, taking advantage of opportunities when injuries plagued the secondary.
In his second season with Washington, Biggers said he feels more familiar with his role, even though he still sees it as a fluid one. With defensive backs coach Raheem Morris back under the new coaching regime, Biggers feels more comfortable with the system than he did last season.
“Being a second-year in the system, you kind of learn a little bit more of the ins and outs,” Biggers said. “Last year, a lot of it was game-plan situations, but now you get to pay attention to a lot of the inside and outs of the defense, like the D-line and what they’re doing on certain plays that I probably didn’t pay attention to last year because it was just game plan, so I was just doing my job. It helps you how you play and knowing where you’re help is at all times.”
Washington re-signed the 6-foot, 185-pound Biggers in March to a one-year deal, as was the case last season. He said the short-term contract motivates him more because he’s playing for future security.
“When you approach the game as you’re trying to help the team in any aspect that you can, everything else will work itself out,” Biggers said. “Learning everything and knowing the defense inside and out at multiple positions, it makes it a lot easier, so whenever your number is called or whenever that time is called, you’re ready.”
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