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TE John Phillips - San Diego Chargers

6-6, 251Born: 6-11-1987College: VirginiaDrafted: Round 6

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Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Chargers offensive line is a shambles due to multiple key injuries - and their passing totals/sacks allowed (three given up for -29 yards). Philip Rivers and company eked out 19/30 for 178 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown. Stevie Johnson (eight targets for 7/54/0 receiving) and Dontrelle Inman (five for 3/51/0) did their best to fill in for the injured Keenan Allen (lacerated kidneys/IR) and Malcom Floyd (torn labrum in shoulder, Out last week) but combined with the chaos up front there wasn't much they could get done. San Diego only scored three points last week, and they may struggle to get more than that again this week given the dire injury woes impacting the offense. The Jaguar's pass D is ranked 25th in the NFL averaging 262.8 net yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores handed out vs. five interceptions generated (next-to-last in the NFL). They are in the middle of the NFL with 23 sacks this season (tied for 15th) and will be bringing the heat through that awful offensive line on Sunday. Last week, Tennessee was held to 22/35 for 212 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -19 yards at Jacksonville. The Chargers may give up even more this week. This is a neutral matchup on balance, but the glaring flaws of the Chargers' offense are there for everyone to see right now, and they haven't been able to address all the injury issues adequately.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at BAL 26 2 11 0 0 1.1
9 vs CHI 5 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs KC 10 0 0 0 0 0
12 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 8 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Starting tight end Antonio Gates came into the game less than 100% due to a knee injury, and his backup Ladarius Green left early after aggravating an ankle injury. So Phillips got a bit more action than usual, resulting in a handful of short receptions. But once the Chargers get down to their third option in the tight end pecking order, the position no longer becomes a position of focus for the offensive gameplan.

2015 Week 7 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Phillips played sparingly, and only got action because of the injury to Antonio Gates. Phillips caught one pass, showing nice hands on a key third down reception early on to keep a drive alive. But it was his last action of the game.

2015 Week 4 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Phillips drew the start a week ago, with Antonio Gates out with a suspension and Ladarius Green out with a concussion. With Green back in the fold this week, Phillips' role shrunk considerably. But he was still the beneficiary of a wide open touchdown reception off of a play fake. On a first down handoff from the 1-yard line, Melvin Gordon was stuffed by the defense. On the next play, the defense collapsed on Gordon expecting another run. Instead, quarterback Philip Rivers tucked the ball down and flipped it up to Phillips for one of the easiest touchdowns he'll ever have.

2015 Week 3 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

With Antonio Gates still serving a suspension and Ladarius Green out with a concussion, Phillips was called upon to get the start. With four receptions, he wasn't a critical part of the offense but he did get regular work. But he did make an impact late in the first half with one of the more athletic catches you'll ever see. He outstretched his hand, tapped the ball to himself, then cradled it in and maintained control prior to going to the ground. It was as athletic a play as any we've seen through the years out of either Green or Gates.


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