Tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers serves many different purposes for the currently 75-man Washington Redskins squad. For starters like Alfred Morris, London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall, they may sparingly at most, resting their bodies for what will assuredly be another season of constant pounding on their built frames. For rookies such as Chris Thompson, Skye Dawson and Nick Williams, not only are they fighting for the possible right to field Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones’ skyrockets on September 9th, but are jockeying for depth placement at their respective positions.
Then there is E.J. Biggers who’s spot on the roster was all but confirmed the day he signed on the dotted line of his new contract in March. In four seasons in the NFL, Biggers has appeared in 45 games (24 starts) amassing 153 tackles (131 solo), three interceptions, 27 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one sack and 16 special teams tackles–all of which came with the Buccaneers.
While he is now a Washington Redskin, Biggers said that he knew that he’d be entering uncharted waters tonight in a stadium best known for a pirate ship.
“It’s going to be fun going back coming out of the opposite locker room and tunnel for the first time.”
So yeah—no SportCenter Not Top 10 appearance for Biggers tomorrow morning for failing to recognize which locker room is his.
Despite playing college ball at Western Michigan University Biggers grew up in Florida, attending North Miami Beach High School where he was bestowed with Dade County Player of the Year honors his senior year. After capping off a successful collegiate career with second-team All-MAC honors, Biggers was selected by the Buccaneers with the 217th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by then Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris. Morris of course, is now his position coach here in the Nation’s Capital.
The NFL is a small fraternity and with technological advances making communication happens quicker than a drop of a Redskins bucket hat, Biggers admitted that while they’ll be on enemy sidelines for the duration of tonight’s game, he still keeps in touch with some of his now former teammates.
“I talk to a bunch of those guys weekly especially the secondary guys and [even] daily to some of them,” Biggers said. “We [were] really close in the offseason because a lot of the guys from Florida and the Miami area and that’s where I’m from so we get together all of the time.”
As for the fact that they are indeed in pewter and black and he’ll be in burgundy and gold—well only one time gets the dub and he’s hoping it’s his currently 3-0 Washington Redskins.
“It’s going to be a football game and I just have to go out there and do my job and go out there and help my team,” Biggers said. “We’re just going down there for one goal and that’s to keep winning, get better as a team and obviously come out with a victory. That’s what you play the game for.”
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