Going into his college career, Phillips was originally a fullback. After being redshirted in his freshman year, Phillips was switched over to a linebacker for TCU. He immediately earned himself a starting job at linebacker the following season. Each of Phillips' four seasons at TCU, he had at least 70 total tackles, averaging 78.5 during his college career. He had seven sacks and three interceptions to go along with that.
Phillips played in nine games for the Ravens and only managed to get five tackles. The Ravens ended up waiving him during the second week of the 2011 season. The Carolina Panthers picked him up the following week.
While with the Panthers, Phillips only played in four games and managed to get four tackles in 2011 as he was sidelined with a calf injury in December. However, he played in all 16 games during the 2012 season. In 2012, Phillips racked up 22 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
The signing of Jason Phillips this offseason adds depth to the linebacker corps with the switch from a 4-3 defense to head coach Chip Kelly's new 3-4 defense. Right now, Phillips is listed as the second string right inside linebacker behind DeMeco Ryans. Casey Matthews rounds out the position on the depth chart.
Phillips may not be the starter, but he should see some playing time this season when Ryans needs to rest. Depending on how he performs during training camp and the preseason, he could earn himself some more playing time. As of right now, the starting linebackers seems to be set at Connor Barwin at left outside, Mychal Kendricks at left inside, DeMeco Ryans at right inside, and Trent Cole at right outside.
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