Phillips only played for three seasons with the Hurricanes. During his college career, he racked up 204 total tackles, 133 of which were solo tackles. He also had three forced fumbles and seven interceptions that he ran back for a total of 14 yards.
He played in 56 games over his five year career with the Giants, accumulating 263 tackles with 201 of them being solo tackles. He had one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries for 25 yards. In addition to that, he had eight interceptions for 72 yards with his longest interception return being 31 yards.
Phillips had his 2009 and 2012 seasons cut short due to injury. In 2009, Phillips underwent microfracture surgery for his left knee. In 2012, the knee injury bug came back as he suffered an MCL strain in his right knee. Phillips ended up being limited to playing in seven games in 2012.
With Eagles training camp just a few weeks away, Phillips is already having issues with his knees again. Phillips has already sat out of one of the offseason workouts to rest his left knee which he had surgery on in 2009. He is still trying to strengthen his left knee years after surgery.
The fact that he is still having issues and trying to build strength in his surgically repaired knee should be a concern to everyone. With an overhauled secondary this offseason, Phillips was one of the key pieces added as he is listed as the starting free safety. Behind him on the depth chart are Kurt Coleman, David Sims, and Eddie Whitley as the second, third, and fourth strings respectively. There will be a competition for the top spot though, but Phillips is expected to get the starting job if he is healthy.
Hopefully Phillips is ready to go once training camp starts and can stay healthy for the entire season. If he can stay healthy, he will provide the help the secondary has needed for the past few years. With him averaging 75 tackles per season when he plays a full season, it is certainly an improvement over the performances of past secondary players the Eagles have recently had.
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