Phillips finished the 2020 season with a team-high 109 tackles, two interceptions and a sack in 16 games.
Phillips, who's signed with the Patriots through the 2021 season, made his mark this past season as an IDP working in a safety/linebacker role. Looking ahead, it remains to be seen how he's used by the team next season, but the potential return of Patrick Chung, who opted out of the 2020 campaign, could cut into Phillips' workload.
Phillips left Sunday's game due to a hip injury.
While the extent of the issue is unclear at this time, Phillips is questionable to return after suffering a hip injury at the end of the first quarter. Rookie Kyle Dugger has played a solid safety role for the Patriots and likely will take over Phillips' duties.
Phillips had 10 tackles (eight solo) during Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Rams.
Phillips now has back-to-back games with double-digit stops, and he hasn't dipped below five tackles in a single game since Week 4. The veteran safety briefly spent time on the sideline due to a hand injury Thursday, but he managed to return without even missing a full drive.
Phillip (hand) returned to Thursday's game against the Rams, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Phillips didn't even miss a full drive before returning to the field. He's a key member of the Patriots' secondary and is looking to build off of his 12-tackle performance in Week 13.
Phillips was forced out of Thursday's game against the Rams with a hand injury.
Phillips appeared to be laboring after making a tackle on Cooper Kupp in the third quarter. Joejuan Williams appears to be the top candidate to fill in for Phillips for the time being.
Phillips racked up 12 tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.
Phillips was by far the busiest member of the Patriots' defense in this one, as no other teammate finished with more than six tackles. The safety's second double-digit tackle performance of the season has him up to 84 on the campaign, along with a pair of interceptions.
Phillips made eight tackles (seven solo) in Monday's 30-27 win over the Jets.
Phillips led the Patriots in tackles, enjoyed his highest total since Week 6 and extending his team lead in the category to 56. The veteran safety is tracking for the first triple-digit tackling season of his career, but his IDP ceiling remains low with no sacks, pass breakups or interceptions since Week 1.
Phillips posted 11 tackles -- two for a loss -- in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos.
Phillips and Ja'Whaun Bentley both hit double-digit tackles in this outing, but Bentley beat him out with 12 stops. Now, Phillips is up to 36 tackles on the season, putting him on pace to exceed to 100-tackle threshold for the first time in his career. Although he's a starter, Phillips hasn't recorded more than an 80 percent snap share this season, which is a bit concerning for his IDP consistency.
Phillips recorded nine tackles (eight solo), a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's 21-11 win over the Dolphins.
Phillips established himself quickly in an elite Patriots defense, pacing the squad in tackles and hauling in an interception in the first half. The veteran safety put together this impressive effort despite playing just 69 percent of the team's defensive snaps. This could become a theme since the Patriots deployed Terrence Brooks and Joejuan Williams a ton as well, but Phillips proved he could be effective nonetheless.
Phillips is signing a two-year contract with the Patriots, Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports.
A report last week suggested the Chargers planned to re-sign Phillips, who started 24 of his 64 games in six years with the team. He profiles as a direct replacement for Duron Harmon, the Patriots' No. 3 safety and a core special teams player last season. The Lions traded for Harmon earlier this week, and the Patriots may have had Phillips in mind when they made the deal.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco is intent on retaining Phillips this offseason, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
It'll be interesting to see what type of money Phillips could get on the market, as the 27-year-old safety is only one year removed from receiving All-Pro honors as a special teamer. Though the Chargers seem intent on matching any offer for Phillips' services, he should be in line for a starting safety spot regardless of where he lands.
Phillips finished the season with 36 tackles while playing seven games.
A fractured forearm put a stop to Phillips' bid for a second straight Pro Bowl appearance, but the versatile safety did pick up 22 tackles over the final four weeks of the regular season. The Chargers' base defense tends to operate with more safeties than expected, so while he might not earn the "starting" distinction, his role as a special teams ace and multi-faceted safety could make him an under-the-radar safety in deeper IDP leagues next year.
Phillips (forearm) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.
Phillips joined teammate Derwin James (foot), who was also activated off injured reserve Saturday. The 27-year-old earned Pro Bowl honors in 2018 thanks to his abilities as a special teams ace, but the safety is expected to immediately step into the starting lineup in place of Roderic Teamer.
Phillips (forearm) was designated to return from injured reserve by the Chargers on Thursday, per the NFL's transaction log.
The move gives the team 21 days to activate Phillips to the 53-man roster, or he will revert back to IR for the rest of the season. He'll most likely sit this week, giving Jaylen Watkins another game to fill in before the Chargers go on bye Week 12.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Tuesday that Phillips is still wearing a cast for his fractured forearm, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Phillips sustained the injury during Week 2 and has since been on injured reserve, but Lynn did say that "he's getting close" to a return. The 27-year-old is eligible to return from IR in Week 11, but that seems unlikely if he's still wearing the cast within two weeks of that game. The Chargers then have their bye in Week 12, so a return for the following contest -- Dec. 1 at Denver -- could still be a realistic possibility.
Phillips (forearm) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
The Chargers' ill fortune continues. Phillips broke his forearm in Week 2's game versus the Lions, adding to the injured secondary that already has Trevor Williams (quadriceps) on injured reserve and Michael Davis (hamstring) hurting. Phillips had 14 tackles in two games before this injury, and he'll be a candidate to return from injured reserve in Week 11.
Phillips suffered a broken forearm in Sunday's loss to the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Phillips will be sidelined indefinitely, leaving the Chargers down to their third option at strong safety. He filled in for Derwin James (foot) for the first two weeks of the season, making 14 tackles (eight solo) in an every-down role. The injury-riddled Chargers will turn to Jaylen Watkins or Nasir Adderley alongside starting free safety Rayshawn Jenkins.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Phillips sustained a forearm injury in Sunday's game against the Lions and it's unclear how long he'll be out, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
With fellow safety Derwin James already residing on IR with a foot injury, the Chargers could be down to their third-string safety. Expect the team to elaborate on Phillips' injury in the coming days. The third-string saftey is Jaylen Watkins and he could be deployed if Phillips sits for any game action.
Phillips (forearm) headed to the locker room during Sunday's game against the Lions and is questionable to return.
It's unclear how Phillips picked up the injury, but it's serious enough to force him to receive extra treatment in the locker room. With Phillips sidelined, expect Jaylen Watkins to receive an increase in snaps.
Phillips worked with the first-team defense at strong safety during Friday's practice, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Following news Friday that Derwin James suffered a foot injury that could cost him "a significant amount of time," Phillips has stepped into the latter's starting strong safety spot. With James' injury likely carrying into the regular season, Phillips is in line to take on a significant role in the Chargers' secondary.
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