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John Phillips
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Phillips in 2016
Free agent
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1987-06-11) June 11, 1987 (age 34)
Low Moor, Virginia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Bath County
(Hot Springs, Virginia)
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 208
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2009 2012)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* All-ACC (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:428
Receiving touchdowns:5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

John Phillips (born June 11, 1987) is an American football tight end who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, 208th overall, in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Virginia. He has also been a member of the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.

Early years

Phillips played high school football, basketball, and baseball at Bath County High School in Hot Springs, Virginia, earning many awards in the district and region, besides receiving All-state honors at defensive end and tight end. He also was an All-state baseball player.

He accepted a scholarship from the University of Virginia and blossomed as a senior, becoming team captain and a first-team All-ACC selection. He also had a 48-reception season, second-best by a tight end in school history. He finished his college career with 69 receptions for 670 yards and five touchdowns.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Phillips was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and surprised observers by making the team. In 2009, he had 7 catches for 62 yards, while mostly being used as a blocking tight end.

In the 2010 preseason, he was impressing the coaching staff with his skills as a receiver and his ability to take different assignments, including the H-Back role. His performance was starting to push Martellus Bennett for the backup tight end job, but he was lost for the year in the preseason opener, when he suffered a season-ending ACL tear.[1] It has been speculated that he was never the same player following this injury.[2] The next year, he returned in a backup role and posted career-highs with 15 receptions for 101 yards.

After Bennett left in free agency, Phillips had a solid season as the backup tight end for the Cowboys in 2012. He had 8 receptions for 55 yards, one touchdown and started 9 games, serving mainly as an H-Back or blocking tight end. At the end of the year, the Cowboys didn't make an offer to re-sign him.

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Phillips with the Chargers.

San Diego Chargers

Phillips signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers on March 12, 2013.[3] He was used as a blocking specialist until being placed on the injured reserve list, after suffering ACL and MCL tears in his right knee during the sixteenth game against the Oakland Raiders. He came back to play in all of the 16 games (one start) of the 2014 season.

In 2015, he was released on September 5,[4] only to be re-signed 5 days later, [5] after Ladarius Green suffered his second concussion of the year and Antonio Gates was still serving his suspension. He was the starter in the third and fourth game of the season, making a critical touchdown reception against the Cleveland Browns. After Gates returned in the fifth game, Phillips was used mainly for blocking purposes. He played in 16 games (5 starts), while posting 10 receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown.

Denver Broncos

On July 28, 2016, Phillips was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos. He overcame a serious ankle injury he suffered in his second day in training camp to make the team.[6] On November 5, 2016, he was released by the Broncos.[7] He appeared in 8 games with 3 starts, registering 5 receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown.

New Orleans Saints

On November 7, 2016, he was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Saints.[8] He appeared in 8 games (4 starts), making 5 receptions for 32 yards, while contributing as a blocking tight end and on special teams.

On March 29, 2017, Phillips re-signed with the Saints on a one-year contract.[9] On August 29, 2017, Phillips was placed on injured reserve, and later released on September 8, 2017.[10][11] He was re-signed on December 19, 2017, but was once again released on December 29, 2017, and re-signed again on January 3, 2018.[12][13]

On August 5, 2018, Phillips re-signed with the Saints.[14] He was released on September 1, 2018.[15]

Arizona Cardinals

On October 30, 2018, Phillips signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[16]

Kansas City Chiefs

On May 20, 2019, Phillips signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[17] On May 28, 2019, the Chiefs released Phillips.[18]

Personal life

He married Nikki Krzysik in 2013.


  1. "Cowboys' John Phillips out for season". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  2. "Cowboys free agents: John Phillips". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  3. Chargers agree to terms with TE John Phillips
  4. Williams, Eric (September 5, 2015). "San Diego Chargers cut 19 players, including tight end John Phillips". Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  5. Henne, Ricky (September 10, 2015). "Bolts Bring Back John Phillips". Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. "Jeff Heuerman's injury means John Phillips, Virgil Green will get plenty of work in opener". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  7. Mason, Andrew (November 5, 2016). "Broncos promote Taurean Nixon to 53-man roster".
  8. "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". November 9, 2016.
  9. "Saints Re-Sign TE John Phillips To One-Year Contract". March 29, 2017.
  10. "Saints put tight end Phillips on IR, cut defensive end Jones". August 29, 2017.
  11. Williams, Charean (December 19, 2017). "Saints place A.J. Klein on injured reserve, add John Phillips".
  12. Williams, Charean (December 29, 2017). "Saints waive John Phillips, promote John Fullington".
  13. Teope, Herbie (January 3, 2018). "Saints place Garrett Griffin on injured reserve, bring back John Phillips".
  14. "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". August 6, 2018.
  15. "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". September 1, 2018.
  16. Urban, Darren (October 30, 2018). "Cardinals Add TE John Phillips, OL Colby Gossett".
  17. Williams, Charean (May 20, 2019). "Chiefs sign John Phillips, cut Dontae Johnson". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  18. Ulrich, Logan (May 28, 2019). "Chiefs Release TE John Phillips".

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