Camp Spotlight: Cornerback Quandre Diggs

Posted Aug 6, 2015

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of cornerback Quandre Diggs during Day 4 of training camp practice.


Position: Cornerback

Ht/Wt: 5-9, 198

College: Texas

Experience: Rookie

Outlook: Diggs isn’t the biggest or the fastest cornerback, which is the main reason he fell to the sixth round of this year’s draft, but what he lacks in physical gifts he makes up for with instincts and toughness.

Quandre DiggsCB Quandre Diggs (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Diggs stepped on the scene at the University of Texas as a player recruited very late. He started as a true freshman and hold onto that job all four years.

The brother of former NFL cornerback Quintin Jammer, Diggs was well-groomed in what it takes to be good in this league well before he got here. He stepped on the field the first day of rookie minicamp and immediately impressed coaches.

He’s parlayed that into some first-team reps at the nickel cornerback spot in training camp, where he’ll compete with veteran Josh Wilson and second-year player Nevin Lawson for the starting role.

Practice report: The Lions view Diggs as a slot cornerback, but they are cross-training him on the outside, too.

He took second and third-team reps in practice Thursday in the slot behind veteran Josh Wilson and on the outside behind Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis.

Diggs didn’t stand out either way in the team portions of practice. He didn’t give up any big plays and didn’t make any big plays either.

He was beat in one-on-one drills by receiver Greg Salas on a comeback route, but Salas couldn't hang on to the ball. Diggs was a little slow turning his hips and coming back to the ball vs. Salas.

TJ Jones caught a 15-yard out route in front of Diggs in another one-on-one rep.

The Lions are in pads Friday and have an inter-squad scrimmage set up for Saturday. Diggs should get a lot of quality reps the next two days and coaches will be watching how he handles himself.

Diggs has potential in the slot, but training camp in a learning process for young players.

Quotable: “I think he’s a little ways away from being ready,” defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said of Diggs. “But the (preseason) games are going to be tremendous for him so he can see the speed of the game and all the different things that have to happen that he has to be able to do.

“Every day it’s a learning experience for the young guys, but I think he’s more than capable of taking the step to being a quality player for us. When that’ll be? I’m not quite sure, but he’s moving in the right direction.”