Originally, Phillips had been expected to compete with second-year man Harrison Phillips for a starting job next to Star Lotulelei after Kyle Williams retired following the 2018 season. But the Bills think they got a stud in Oliver and while coach Sean McDermott favors open competitions more than most, the Bills didn't pick Oliver to watch him sit behind a journeyman like Jordan Phillips. Assuming everyone stays healthy, Jordan Phillips like the No. 4 man in the defensive-tackle rotation, where the Bills will play to his strength and use him off the bench to draw a spark for the defense.
Phillips was a second-round pick by the Dolphins in 2015, but didn't fit into the team's plans any longer and the Bills scooped him up off waivers in October. Phillips was mostly a rotational player for Buffalo -- he logged 19 tackles, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 12 games for the Bills -- but the team likes his intensity and rah-rah nature, and seems willing to let him compete with Harrison Phillips for the available snaps stemming from long-time starter Kyle Williams' retirement.
Phillips was waived by the Dolphins on Tuesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Phillips was the odd man out once Miami opted to bring in Cameron Malveaux. Phillips appeared in all four of Miami's games this season but recorded just five tackles and a single sack. At 25 years old, there's a good chance another team will take a hard look at the Oklahoma product.
Phillips (shoulder) made two combined tackles during Saturday's 27-10 preseason loss against the Ravens.
Phillips made one solo tackle and one assisted tackle. It appears that Phillips has recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him for 10 days. The 25-year-old should be slated for a rotational role in the defensive line this season.
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