E.J. Biggers sounds excited to join the Patriots. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FOXBORO — When it came to selling cornerback E.J. Biggers on the Patriots, it probably didn’t take a long time.
Speaking Thursday afternoon during a break in the action at Gillette Stadium, the 28-year-old veteran said he held the franchise in pretty high regard over the course of his career.
“Top of the food chain,” he said when asked about the chance to play in New England. “It’s somewhere you want to be.”
He added: “Being in the league going on (six) years now, you kind of know what to expect when you come here. It’s a job. You come in here to the best organization in football, so you have to make sure you have your ‘A’ game. You just fall in line.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound Biggers has played with the Bucs, Redskins and Eagles over the course of his NFL career, with his best year coming in 2012 with Tampa. That season, he played in 13 games with 12 starts and finished with seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one sack and 39 tackles.
The Patriots likely got a good look at him recently, as he was part of a Washington team that conducted joint practices with the Patriots in 2014. Asked what stood out about New England in those workouts, Biggers smiled.
“Everything they run through will be full speed,” he said. “(They’re) an A-1 group of guys. Just watching how they do things each and every day, there’s always something. When you’re not here, you kind of envy that. It’s always something you want to be a part of.
“(Now), you know you’re in an A-1 organization, and you put your cleats on and you’re ready to strap it up every single day.”
With New England, Biggers will likely provide depth at corner, either in the slot or outside. In addition, he should provide a boost on special teams. (For the record, in the Eagles’ 35-28 win over the Patriots last December in Foxboro, he had three tackles, one pass defensed and one special-teams tackle.)
But at this point on the calendar, he sounds like someone who will play wherever he’s asked.
“You see the success. You see how those guys go about things,” he added. “You get (to Foxboro), and you understand what all that was for.”
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