Throughout this entire Aqib Talib saga, I’ve grown to hate hearing about him all the time. Mostly because it’s negative, as it should be. So I’ve taken the initiative to change the subject and talk about a Buccaneer that doesn’t get any publicity. Ever. That man’s name is E.J. Biggers. How much does anyone really know about him? Let’s see, he was a seventh round pick (217th overall) in 2009, came out of Western Michigan, and he’s 23 years old.
If you look at his stats, there’s nothing in there that’s very exciting. 56 total tackles, 11 passes broken up, and just one interception for all of 2010. Woopty doo right? But a stat that isn’t recorded in the books is that he filled in for Aqib Talib 5 times in 2010. In those 5 starts, did ANYONE notice Talib being gone from the team? Sure, you could just KNOW like I did that Talib wasn’t there, but how many of you reading this can honestly say he didn’t fill in successfully? I seriously can’t. The team didn’t seem like they were in trouble at all. In those starts, he averaged 6 tackles per game compared to Talib’s 3.5 tackles per game. And yeah, he may have gotten a little beat up by Calvin Johnson in our loss versus Detroit, but who DOESN’T get beat up by a man called Megatron!?
Footballoutsiders.com does a great job diving into statistics that no one even thinks of. One of the most intriguing statistics that they came upon was a corner back success rate for 2010. According to that statistic, E.J. Biggers is one of the best in football, 7th among all corners to be exact. He had a 63% success rate. How good is that? Good enough to be mentioned with Darrelle Revis (owner of Revis Island) who had a 70% success rate, and he’s considered the NFL’s best corner.
Among other things, he was injured in all of 2009, which means it was basically his rookie year in 2010! So maybe he isn’t the most talented guy on the roster like Mr. Talib, but E.J. Biggers is destined to be a starter in the NFL. And not many people know that outside of the Buccaneer organization, let alone talk about it.
Can he replace Talib? Yes, no…maybe so, but I’m proud to call him a Buccaneer.
He’s my unsung hero. Easily.