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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Redskins notes: Haslett gets defensive

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- Jim Haslett had problems with some aspects of his defense Monday. E.J. Biggers wasn’t one of them.

The Washington Redskins played Biggers, a cornerback, at strong safety in the 33-27 loss to Philadelphia. The combination of Biggers’ speed and the Eagles' dangerous open-field ability forced the Redskins into this move, especially when Brandon Meriweather’s availability was in question.

It’s unlikely that Biggers will play a lot of strong safety in other games, unless they face other teams that stress a defense like Philadelphia did. But the coaches have often discussed their corners’ versatility.

“He actually played well,” Haslett, the Redskins' defensive coordinator, said of Biggers. “E.J. had nothing to do with what happened in the first quarter.”

Haslett was defensive when talking about Biggers. One reporter asked if the switch was an unusual move.

“For you, maybe,” Haslett replied. “If you’re a football player, probably not.”

Biggers said he did not practice at strong safety for long.

“Just last week,” Biggers said Wednesday. “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.”

Haslett said, “He was there a lot longer than that. So he actually worked and he actually did a nice job.”

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