E.J. Biggers last played safety when he was a senior in high school. But with starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather out on Monday night with a groin injury, the Redskins coaching staff decided to go with him at that spot ahead of veteran Reed Doughty.
That, in large part, had to do with the Philadelphia Eagles’ speed at wide receiver. Biggers just had to make the adjustment on the fly.
“It’s football at the end of the day,” said Biggers, normally a reserve corner back. “We’ve got one objective, especially in the secondary, as a defense – limit your opponents’ scoring opportunities and make plays when the opportunity presents itself.”
Biggers insisted that because he plays so much in nickel coverage with five defensive backs on the field, he has a good understanding of what a safeties’ responsibilities are. He also received plenty of repetitions during the week in practice and figured that position switch was coming.
No word, however, if the Redskins plan to stick with it against a more tradition offense this weekend in Green Bay. Meriweather also practiced fully on Wednesday for the first time since he played in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay on Aug. 29. But Biggers says he’s more than willing to stick at safety if that’s what Washington needs.
“The angles are different because you’re coming from deep middle, the last line of defense at times,” Biggers said. “But other than that [the coaches] put me in a great position and they had me well-prepared.”