Quandre Diggs building confidence with first-team reps

Posted Jul 29, 2015

Rookie cornerback Quandre Diggs reported to Allen Park Tuesday feeling confident for training camp.

Quandre Diggs has never lacked confidence in his abilities on the football field.

Even after falling all the way to the sixth round of the draft, despite being a four-year starter at Texas, Diggs was as self-assured as any rookie on the roster when he got to Allen Park.

Lions coaches picked up on it right away.

Quandre DiggsCB Quandre Diggs (Photo: Detroit Lions)

“Pretty intense guy,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “Always seems like he’s got something to prove. Tough, hard-nosed, and yeah, I think that does indeed resonate with his personality and everything that he does. He’s attentive, just one of those guys that’s going to give you everything he’s got.”

Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin took an immediate liking to Diggs.

“I like that guy,” Austin said during OTAs when asked about Diggs. “He’s scrappy, he’s tough, he’s got good ball skills, he’s got good football sense that I’ve seen so far.

“So, we’ll just see how once we get into pads, once we get him in game situations, but I think he’s got a great background. Obviously, he’s got a great resource in his brother (former NFL cornerback Quentin Jammer) in terms of how this game is played – What you do, what you need to do to be successful, so it looks like he’s used that. I’m pleased with where he is right now.”

Diggs earned first-team reps this offseason and his play caught the eye of plenty of his teammates, including guys on the other side of the ball.

“He’s a competitor, man,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said of Diggs. “He gets in there. I think he’s most comfortable inside. He does a heck of a job. He’s got natural feel.

“He made a play the other day in the red zone that he wasn’t even on the ball, I wasn’t in the game, but I was watching from afar. Our quarterback wanted to throw it and he took it away at the last second. He’s got good feel in zone and I think he’s a feisty kind of competitor in man.”

Diggs reported to training camp with the rest of his rookie class on Tuesday and said those reps with the first-team defense in the offseason has given him a ton of confidence heading into training camp.

“It definitely helped a lot,” he said. “It gave you the confidence to know that you are actually working for something. Working for an opportunity that you can go out there and get a starting job. I think that’s a big deal and something I’m looking forward to.”

If OTAs and minicamp are any indication, Diggs will be given ample opportunity to win the starting nickel job when training camp opens Monday. He’ll compete with veteran Josh Wilson, who played in Atlanta last season, along with second-year cornerback Nevin Lawson and others.

“Just want to go out and contribute,” Diggs said. “Try to contribute to this team as much as I can. Go out and make plays, which they brought me in to do and that’s what I plan on doing.”