University of Western Michigan
Draft Position: Round 7, Pick 217
Twitter Handle: @ejbiggers
Stats via: ESPN.com.
E.J. Biggers is in the middle of an all of the sudden crowded secondary competition. The Redskins added a corner in the fourth round of this May's draft in Bashaud Breeland, signed Ryan Clark in free-agency, in addition to the reinstatement of safety Tanard Jackson has heated up the competition to make the 53-man roster. One thing that Biggers used to his advantage last season was his versatility, showing the ability to play the corner and safety positions. However, with Phillip Thomas healthy again, and Jackson's return, Biggers will likely not need to play the safety position in 2014 (Knock on wood people).
Biggers will have to show his ability to play corner and help improve a special teams unit that was historically bad in 2013. I know I say this about every roster bubble player, but special teams play will be Biggers' ticket to the 53-man roster. Special teams' impact on a game is often under-appreciated, as Redskins' fans found out last season. With DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, and Breeland all pretty much locks to make the roster (barring injury), there will be a battle for the final two roster spots. Biggers will face tough competition in Richard Crawford Jr., Chase Minnifield, and Courtney Bridget among others. Crawford was playing the best football of his career before injuring his knee, Minnifield has a high ceiling if he can stay healthy, and Bridget has all the physical tools to be a great corner (you can't teach size after all). These cuts are what separate the good teams and the great teams. Teams like Seattle and San Francisco find a way to keep around fourth and fifth corners who make big impacts on special teams. These are the types of players the Redskins must be better at finding and developing if they want to make the jump from a team with potential to a contender.
Roster Bubble: On the Bubble
E.J. Biggers is definitely fighting for his roster position, placing him right on the bubble of the 53-man roster. With such an intense competition ahead, things are always subject to change based on play in training camp and pre-season. However, as of right now my prediction is that Biggers is on the outside looking in when September rolls around. I truly believe that Chase Minnifield, and Richard Crawford are younger options with higher ceilings than Biggers, bumping the six-year veteran off the roster.
Biggers, along with Kirk Cousins, had LASIK surgery done during the offseason. That's gotta be a plus right?
Gettin ready 2 head 2 @havelasik gotta get these eyes rite!!!!— EJ Biggers (@ejbiggers) March 6, 2014