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Camp Spotlight: Defensive back Quandre Diggs


Position: Defensive back

Ht/Wt: 5-9, 200

College: Texas

Experience: Fourth season

Outlook: We use the term Swiss Army Knife a lot when talking about players who can play multiple roles on the football field, but the term probably applies the most to Diggs on the Detroit Lions roster.

He's proven over his first three years he can be a very good slot cornerback, but last year, he also showed he can be a darn good safety, too. After Tavon Wilson was lost for the year due to injury, Diggs stepped in alongside Glover Quin, and played very well.

So far this year Diggs has played both slot corner and safety, and could do so once we get to the regular season as well.

Maybe the best compliment to give Diggs is that he's a football player. It doesn't matter where he plays, he makes plays. He can tackle, cover and has good ball skills. He's one of the players defensive coordinators love to have because he can plug and play just about anywhere in the secondary.

View photos of defensive back Quandre Diggs from Day 4 of 2018 Detroit Lions Training Camp presented by Rocket Mortgage.

Practice report: Diggs played almost exclusively in the slot with the first-team defense Monday. That meant he got a lot of work against veteran receiver Golden Tate, and also Marvin Jones Jr. in the red zone.

In one-on-one drills against the receivers, Diggs had a terrific rep against the ultra-quick Jace Billingsley, who tried to give Diggs a fake inside and then go for the out route, but Diggs stayed right with him and forced a wide throw.

Tate had one nice play vs. Diggs in a team period on a deep crossing route. He got ahead of Diggs crossing the field, and Matthew Stafford found him for a nice gain.

In a red zone team period later on in practice, only one ball was thrown Diggs' way. It was intended for Jones in the back of the end zone, but Diggs' sticky coverage forced a high throw from Stafford, and the play went incomplete.

As always, Diggs was solid playing the run from the slot corner spot.

Quotable: "I play everything," Diggs said early in training camp. "I told you guys in the spring, I can line up anywhere. You might see me somewhere else tomorrow. It's just depends on what the personnel is and what the game plan is."

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