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Philadelphia Eagles Release SS Kenny Phillips; Could New York Giants Be Interested in Reunion?

August 26th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Doug Rush

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles released Kenny Phillips as part of their first roster cuts, as they got down from 90 players to 75. Phillips spent the first five years of his career with the New York Giants before deciding to sign with the Eagles this offseason.

'Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

But Phillips' stint with Philadelphia never got off on the right foot, as he dealt with a nagging quad injury all summer and felt it was best to release the 26-year-old before he ever suited up in the regular season.

With Phillips now a free agent and free to sign wherever he'd like, could a reunion with the Giants be in the near future considering their lack of depth at the safety position?

Antrel Rolle is recovering from a sprained ankle althiugh he is expected back in time for the regular season, but Phillips' replacement; Stevie Brown, went down for the season on Saturday when he tore his ACL playing against the New York Jets; Brown was returning the pick and went to make a cut and his knee gave out on him and he went to the ground in pain; holding his knee.

The injury was first diagnosed as a sprained knee, but after an MRI was performed on Sunday to further look at his knee, the Giants announced Brown was done for the 2013 season and thus, the Giants now have a need in the middle of their secondary.

Phillips was the Giants first-round draft pick back in the 2008 NFL Draft and had very high expectations coming out of the University of Miami as the number 31 overall pick five years ago, but injuries have been Phillips' killer; as he missed 14 games in 2009 due to needing knee surgery and then missed nine games in 2012 due to a nagging knee injury all season long.

Despite the missed time, the Giants still attempted to bring Phillips back for 2013, but he rejected the Giants initial offer to find a more lucrative deal in free agency, but settled on the Eagles one-year deal. With Phillips, he would make sense as he knows the Giants defensive schemes, playbook and is comfortable playing under defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Phillips' best season may have come back in 2011 when he started in 15 games for the Giants; made 86 total tackles; 63 of them solo and had four interceptions with 11 pass deflections; the same season the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots. Phillips played a key part in the final seconds, as he was part of the scrum that jumped up to deflect the last-second hail-mary intended for Aaron Hernandez, but fell incomplete and gave the Giants the 21-17 victory.

With Will Hill also set to serve a four-game suspension when the regular season begins, it really takes away from the Giants options as who they can put on the field at safety, but if Phillips is healthy enough, and can pass a physical, then a reunion could be in the cards.

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6 Responses to “Philadelphia Eagles Release SS Kenny Phillips; Could New York Giants Be Interested in Reunion?”

  1.  Krow says:

    How can it hurt to take a look at the guy ? What’s the downside ?

  2.  G-MenFan says:

    I’d be shocked if the Giants don’t at least kick the tires here.

  3.  giankees says:

    Read through some threads, most people on here have us as a horrible team and huge holes at 3 positions and a qb that is out of sync.

    If snee and baas return and are healthy i think we will be fine up front.

    Lbs look bad BUT we just swapped out 14 different lb crews trying to find individuals that can make the team.

    Db actually doesnt look as bad as we thought. Looks like tt still has some in the tank and ross is way better than we expected so far. Webster hasnt played that much but lookwd good in camp. Everyone complained about brown being out of position and being in tge wrong place at the right time now cause we lost him the sky is falling.
    Giants fans know who eli is they know what the offense is and they know how difficult it is with timing and reads. Elii to having a bad preseason is not a huge deal at all. We had guys that were being sent out at ol that will not play during the seasonthat totally disruptes his timing.

    And i would say this if anyone watched any team this summer there would be holes.
    When rivers conner/herzlich and williams step up as starters and getthere assignments together we wont be great but we will be fine.
    When we get snee boothe beatty pugh baas together we will be fine.

    When the def line is together with moore jpp tuck and kiwi they will make a whole bunch of problems smaller.

    D back we are ok but safety we def need ro pick up a salary cap drop or another vet. We can probably get an ol thats dropped for the same reason. We will have a few league mins coming off the board and there will be talent avail next week if reese needs to pick someone upp to fill in some depth.

    With the salary cap nobody is solid across the board. And besdes luck all the 2nd yr running qbs have targets on them and we will see where it goes. Just like vick the running qb exposes themselves to injury more so than the pocket qb.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    Kenny must be seriously messed up for the Eagles to release him. As a team they generally play anybody no mater what their health. I doubt KP is in any condition to help the Giants, especially right away when they need him most

    •  BillyS says:

      Teams like the Cowboys, Eagles, and Redskins are always up for taking a chance on someone returning to former glory. The fact that the Eagles were unimpressed with him in camp and have already cut ties really speaks volumes. He simply isn’t the KP from a few years ago. His knees are finally shot and…I hate to say this…but Mundy is a better option at this point.

  5.  nygiantfanatic4life says:

    words cannot describe how heart broken I am right now. No O-Line, weakeed secondary, No standout LBs, Nicks and Cruz dinged up….Eli not on the same page as Nicks, Our TE sucks at blocking, We lost the Hynocerus, JPP, Antrel Rolle their returns are in the air. So basically some team is going to win it all in our House and we have to watch from the outside looking in. Am I wrong?

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