He was always a heady player with sharp instincts for the game. He blossomed when he was moved to safety during the 2017 season. He had his first three interceptions, and all three came from Weeks 11-16 after the move to safety.
He was the full-time safety last year, starting all 16 games and intercepting three passes again.
With the retirement of Glover Quin, the starter at free safety the last five seasons, Diggs has taken on more of a leadership role, as has Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay.
Head coach Matt Patricia appreciates the versatility – and high quality that goes with it – that Diggs adds to the defense, and on special teams as an occasional return man.
“He does a good job for us and is one of the guys in our particular scheme that we try to do different things with,” Patricia said. “That was one of the things when I first got here that he was really receptive and understood the philosophy behind why we do those things with him, and kind of put him in different roles.
“Off the field, he’s obviously a great guy. He really does a lot for the community, and he’s a family man.”
Published at Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:47 +0000