LIONS INSIDER

Camp Spotlight: Cornerback Quandre Diggs

Posted Aug 8, 2016

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of Quandre Diggs during Day 9 of training camp practice.

QUANDRE DIGGS

Position: Nickel cornerback

Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 197

College: Texas

Experience: 2nd season

Outlook: After taking over the nickel cornerback role full-time midseason last year, Diggs enters his second season as the starter in the middle. This is essentially a starting role on the defense with how much teams are in the nickel these days.

Diggs showed last season that his football IQ was well beyond that of a rookie. He has a terrific mind for the game, and coupled with the fact that he loves contact, the slot is a perfect spot for his skillset. Entering his second season, he has a much better understanding of Teryl Austin's defense, which should make him even better.

Pro Football Focus graded Diggs the seventh best overall cornerback the last eight games of last season. He was targeted 34 times in the slot over that span and allowed 18 total receptions. Opposing quarterbacks had a 78.3 passer rating when throwing into his coverage area.

Diggs, along with Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson, form a nice starting trio of young, talented cornerbacks in Detroit’s secondary.

Practice report: The Lions worked on some two-on-two pass catcher vs. defensive back drills early in practice Monday morning. Diggs was solid throughout the drill. He was matched up against receiver Golden Tate a couple times, and the quarterback was forced to throw to the other receiver in the drill both times.

Diggs also had nice coverage on receiver Anquan Boldin later in a team portion of practice. The offense was on its own 1-yard line trying to get out of trouble. Quarterback Matthew Stafford took the snap and initially looked left toward Boldin, but Diggs had him blanketed. It forced Stafford to roll to his right to look for another receiver.

Quotable: “I’m a physical player,” Diggs said. “Inside I get to tackle more. Do more blitzing and things like that. Sometimes I can be a baby-backer. That’s kind of what’s fun for me.”