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John Phillips | Tight End | #83

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 251
College: Virginia
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 6 (208) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Chargers re-signed TE John Phillips.
The Bolts are desperate for tight end help with Antonio Gates suspended and Ladarius Green being evaluated for a concussion. A blocking tight end, Phillips has logged just 35 catches in five seasons. Thu, Sep 10, 2015 03:04:00 PM

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Chargers released/waived TE John Phillips, CB Richard Crawford, LB Chi Chi Ariguzo, CB Greg Ducre, WR Javontee Herndon, OG Michael Huey, S Johnny Lowdermilk, CB Jordan Mabin, LB Ryan Mueller, TE Brian Parker, S Adrian Phillips, CB Lowell Rose, RB Dreamius Smith, QB Brad Sorensen, DT Damion Square, LB Colton Underwood and G Kenny Wiggins.

Phillips was expected to make the team with Antonio Gates suspended, but didn't show enough in the preseason. His release is good news for Ladarius Green.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 03:43:00 PM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams expects TE John Phillips to get more looks in the passing game with Antonio Gates suspended.

Williams said Phillips could be a threat "particularly near the red zone." A guy with 35 career receptions in six seasons is not going to become a fantasy asset, but this news could suggest the Chargers are not completely sold on Ladarius Green solely taking over Gates' role. Green has been quiet this preseason.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Chargers TE John Phillips suffered a torn right ACL in December.

The extent of Phillips' injury was previously unknown. He's a candidate to begin the season on reserve/PUP. The blocking specialist played 241 snaps last season, catching four passes for 30 yards. Phillips is signed through 2015.
Tue, May 27, 2014 02:36:00 PM

Chargers placed TE John Phillips on injured reserve with a right knee injury, ending his season.

TE Jake Byrne was signed off the Chiefs' practice squad in a corresponding roster move. A pass catcher turned blocking specialist, Phillips had yet to miss a game this season, playing 241 snaps. He caught four passes for 30 yards. Still only 26, Phillips is signed through 2015.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Chargers agreed to terms with TE John Phillips, formerly of the Cowboys, on a three-year, $5.275 million contract.

Phillips is more of a pass catcher than a blocker, but has just 30 catches over 48 career games thanks to Jason Witten. He missed all of 2010 with a torn ACL. As a backup to Antonio Gates, Phillips won't make a fantasy impact in 2013.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Impending free agent TE John Phillips recently underwent left shoulder surgery.

He's fully expected to be ready for spring workouts, hinting at a minor scope. A torn ACL cost Phillips all of the 2010 season, but otherwise he's never missed a game in his four-year career. Phillips is likely moving on in 2013 with James Hanna set to step in as Jason Witten's backup.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 12:34:00 PM

ESPN Dallas does not expect the Cowboys to bring back impending free agent TE John Phillips.

Much like Martellus Bennett last season, Phillips will hit free agency looking for a place to emerge from Jason Witten's shadow. The problem is that he's not nearly as talented in the blocking or pass-catching game as his predecessor, and thus figures to find a soft market. The Cowboys will likely roll with James Hanna as their No. 2 tight end next season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 08:18:00 AM

Cowboys backup TE John Phillips has missed the last week of practice due to an ankle injury.

Right now, rookies James Hanna and Andrew Szczerba are the only healthy tight ends on the roster. It's possible the Cowboys could kick the tires on veteran free agent Jeremy Shockey. Still, Phillips' injury isn't known to be serious and he's flashed solid pass-catching ability when given chances in practice. He'll be a player for deep-leaguers to watch if he ends up starting Week 1.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 11:14:00 AM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett plans to use No. 2 TE John Phillips in the vertical passing game this season.

Phillips' role will increase with Martellus Bennett gone. "You will see him running down the field more than he used to, and then get more opportunities in the passing game," Garrett promised. Phillips won't get enough snaps and targets for fantasy consideration, but that could change if Jason Witten went down.
Mon, Jun 11, 2012 11:56:00 AM

Cowboys TE John Phillips (ACL surgery) has ditched his knee brace in training camp.

"Don't need to wear one," Phillips said. "I trust it. It's good to go." Phillips is showing no ill effects from the surgery, but he's not playing quite as well as he did prior to the injury. Martellus Bennett is locked in as the No. 2 tight end.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Thu, Aug 11, 2011 05:49:00 PM

Cowboys TE John Phillips (recovery from torn ACL) is feeling "completely healthy."

It's great news for a player whose 2010 season ended before it began with a torn ACL in the Hall of Fame Game. Still just 24, Phillips won't be fantasy relevant in Dallas as long as Jason Witten is around and catching 90 balls a season.
Sun, Jun 12, 2011 10:27:00 AM

John Phillips was more impressive than Martellus Bennett in last year's training camp, according to Josh Ellis of

Phillips tore his ACL in the Hall of Fame game last preseason, but he was looking like a good bet to pass Bennett for the No. 2 tight end gig. If Phillips can get back to 100 percent whenever this year's camp rolls around, he'll challenge Bennett again. Regardless, starter Jason Witten has not missed a game since 2003, leaving both off the fantasy radar.
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 10:55:00 AM

Cowboys placed TE John Phillips (ACL tear) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He'll undergo reconstructive surgery this week. With solid all-around skills, Phillips had been pushing Martellus Bennett for the No. 2 tight end job before sustaining the injury in the Hall of Fame game in early August.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Aug 30, 2010 11:28:00 AM

MRI results confirmed that Cowboys TE John Phillips tore the ACL in his right knee during Sunday's Hall of Fame game.

He's lost for the season, and Dallas is suddenly short on tight end depth. No. 4 TE Kevin Brock suffered a severe ankle sprain after replacing Phillips Sunday night, and Martellus Bennett's ankle problems are bordering on chronic. With a strong start to camp and 60 yards in the preseason opener, Phillips was poised to push the under-performing Bennett for the No. 2 job.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Aug 9, 2010 11:34:00 AM

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