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Saints Bring Back TE John Phillips to Add Depth to the Tight End Spot

Veteran tight end John Phillips signed with the Saints on Sunday after working out on Saturday, a source told Joel Erickson of the Advocate.

Phillips, who spent parts of the past two seasons in New Orleans, offers help at a position that has been light in practice the past couple of days. If you are thinking about drafting a Saints tight end high, check out fantasygamestudios.com for all the info on players like Phillips and other tight ends on the roster.

Phillips, a well-traveled veteran who has played for four teams, joined the Saints at midseason in 2016 and caught five passes for 32 yards.

In his career he’s caught just five touchdowns, never more than one in a season. His best season as a pro came back in 2011 when as a member of the Dallas Cowboys he pulled in 15 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.

He also has played with the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos, and back in 2013 as a member of the Chargers he started six games. He appeared in eight games, and started three, pulling in five catches in those games for 40 yards and one score.

Initially cut in the final roster reduction at the end of training camp a year ago, Phillips was re-signed at the end of the year, and he played in the season finale, although he was inactive for the playoffs.

Phillips played college football at the University of Virginia.

As far as the Saints tight end spot goes, the team has Benjamin Watson listed right now as the number one tight end on the roster, but he’s had injury issues the team had better have a backup plan in mind.

With that, the team also has Josh Hill listed as the backup, and currently with a full roster the team has no less than four other players listed behind Watson and Hill, which includes Garrett Griffin, Michael Hoomanawanui, Deon Yelder, Dan Arnold, and Phillips.

The Saints don’t normally do a ton with their tight ends, but at the same time if they can get some depth at the position and spread the field with the players they have, it might mean more for the position the team has moving forward.

Phillips will be in the mix, and with Watson not 100 percent right now might get some looks early here in camp, but don’t expect much from him as he tries to stick it out and make the team come September 9th.


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