John Phillips
TE NO (5)
4 weeks ago

Phillips was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Monday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Phillips was waived by the Broncos on Friday, but was not there long before being claimed by the Saints. Along with the Broncos, the veteran has played for the Cowboys and Chargers during his career. He will have a chance for revenge in his first game with the Saints, as they face the Broncos on Sunday. However, Phillips is not expected to do much more than add depth at tight end.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
4 weeks ago

Phillips has been released by the Broncos, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Phillips started the first three games of the season at tight end with Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman recovering from injuries. However, those two are now healthy, and the Broncos acquired tight end A.J. Derby form the Patriots prior to Week 8. Phillips likely wouldn't have seen much playing time for the rest of the year even if he was kept on the active roster.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Phillips was not targeted in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

A week after getting involved in the action with a score, Phillips went catchless for the third time in four games this season. Of more concern, he played just one more offensive snap than youngster Jeff Heuerman, 29 to 28. Expect the veteran's role to continue to be reduced as Heuerman finds his footing and starter Virgil Green nears his return from a calf injury.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Phillips caught two of four passes for nine yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.

EDGE Analysis

Phillips got the start in place of the injured Virgil Green and responded with his first catches of the season. Whether he gets many more remains to be seen. Phillips didn't receive so much as a target while in reserve duty during Weeks 1 and 2 and Green shouldn't be out for much longer. The young Jeff Heuerman could also snatch away any targets that would otherwise go to Phillips as he flashed some big-play potential in his first career action on Sunday.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Phillips is likely to start at tight end in teammate Virgil Green's (calf) absence Sunday against the Bengals, Troy Renck of ABC 7 Denver reports.

EDGE Analysis

Phillips played just 31 snaps over the Broncos' first two games, but should see more action Sunday with Green unavailable due to injury. While that lends itself to more opportunities for Phillips to make a fantasy impact, his 45 catches since entering the league in 2009 should certainly temper expectations, as should the expected season debut of rookie Jeff Heuerman.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
4 months ago

Phillips (ankle) will not participate in practice Sunday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Not a guarantee to make the team's final roster, the ankle injury is a tough blow for Phillips, who appeared to have hurt it during Saturday morning's practice. Phillips will be evaluated again Monday prior to practice, but currently remains without a concrete timetable for a return. With guys like Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and Garrett Graham ahead of him on the depth chart, it could be tough for Phillips to secure a roster spot, barring a spectacular showing during the preseason.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
4 months ago

Phillips sustained an ankle injury on Saturday morning, which kept him on the sideline during an afternoon walkthrough, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Broncos inked Phillips to a contract Thursday, likely to provide competition to the fringe of the TE depth chart. The ankle concern doesn't aid his quest for a roster spot, but the severity is unknown, meaning his absence from the walkthrough may have been a precautionary measure.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
11 months ago

Phillips finished the 2015 regular season with a total of 10 receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.

EDGE Analysis

Phillips has always been used as a blocking tight end first and foremost, and 2015 was no different. The only time he was even a little bit productive was early in the year when Antonio Gates was still serving a four-game suspension and Ladarius Green was dealing with a concussion. Looking ahead to 2016, it remains to be seen which tight ends the Bolts will bring back, but they do seem to value Phillips' blocking abilities.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
1 year ago

Phillips caught one of his two targets for an eight-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

The Chargers were hit hard by injuries to their wide receivers in this game, so Phillips had to play more than expected, and he responded with a huge red zone grab in the fourth quarter. But with Ladarius Green already back in action after missing one game due to a concussion and Antonio Gates set to return from his four-game suspension this week, Phillips is heading back to a reserve role.

John Phillips
TE NO (5)
1 year ago

Phillips caught all four of his targets for 35 yards starting in place of Ladarius Green on Sunday at Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

With Antonio Gates still serving his suspension and Green missing this game due to a concussion, Phillips was the next man up and represented himself very well. If Green is unable to clear himself before Week 4, Phillips figures to have a similar role in the upcoming game against the Browns.