Is Veteran Kenny Phillips the Giants Top Safety?

EAST RUTHERFORD – Today via the New York Giants Twitter account, defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell said safety, Kenny Phillips ‘has been balling’. What exactly does that mean to you and I? Is Phillips the ‘top dog’ over Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant? I will break down Kenny Phillips’ career with you starting all the way back to his days playing college ball. Plus, I will share with you whether or not I agree with Perry Fewell’s comment made earlier today.

Before the NFL

After playing college ball at the University of Miami, safety Kenny Phillips was picked by the Giants in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. During his freshman year in college, Phillips was ranked third on his team, recording 93 tackles and one INT, after starting 11 games at free safety. Despite missing three games due to injury, Phillips continued his steller preformance the following year by starting ten games at strong safety and racking up 73 tackles and 4 INTs. He would set a career high in tackles his junior year with 95 total and he also picked off two passes. Phillips then decided it was time to take on the NFL.

Kenny’s NFL Career Begins

After the Giants lost safety Gibril Wilson to free-agency during the 2008 off-season, Phillips was most likely going to be competing for the vacant position at free safety. The Giants wasted no time, offering him a five-year contract worth $11 million dollars. Phillips did not obtain the sole starting job at free safety, he split duties at the position with Michael Johnson. He preformed rather well throughout his rookie year getting playing time in all 16 games and starting in 3 of those games. He recorded 67 tackles and grabbed one INT. Unfortunately, Phillips’s second year was shortened after he suffered a season ending knee injury. He got back on the field in time for the 2010 season opener against the Carolina Panthers as a starter. It was also the first time he would be playing alongside safety Antrel Rolle. Phillips started his season off with a bang by managing a few tackles and stealing one from Panther’s QB, at the time, Matt Moore.  He continued to be a top performer for the Giants defense, recording 77 tackles during the 10′ season.

Performance This Season

Has Phillips preformed well enough after three weeks for  defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell to say he “has been balling”? I would have to say DEFINITELY. Phillips has already wreaked havoc in the secondary by making 33 tackles in only three weeks, almost half of his career high of 77 tackles. He has shut down some key scoring plays by opposing offenses and has just flat out impressed me these past three weeks. I believe that having a safety with the ability to make tackles and kill potential scoring plays such as Phillips, is essential to winning games. On top of the 33 tackles, he has one INT. Of course many Giants fans would like to see more, but remember, we are only three weeks into the season. It is still a good start for him because he has only had one INT per season thus far.

With all of that being said, I would most definitely have to back up Perry Fewell’s comment and say that Phillips is the best safety on the team right now.

Spencer Conlin - nygreporter.com

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4 Responses to Is Veteran Kenny Phillips the Giants Top Safety?

  1. I would like to introduce myself as a new writer here at NYGReporter…

    My name is Spencer Conlin. I will be 19 years old in March and am currently pursuing my dream of becoming a broadcast journalist.

    I have had an interest in sports for most of my life, and have considered becoming a journalist within the world of sports. I was on my high school’s varsity golf team for six years. Although I never played football in high school, I have become very knowledgeable and involved with the sport throughout my life never missing a Giants game.

    I have been a huge New York Giants fan for as long as I can remember. I attended my first game at the ‘old’ Giants Stadium ten years ago. My family shared season tickets for several years, so I have made to several games since then and have enjoyed every one of them. I still make it down to East Rutherford once or twice a year to see my team play.

    All of the fans coming together as a family to support their team and the energy on the field is what excites me the most about an NFL football game.

    I look forward to conversating with all of you and hope you enjoy not only mine but all of our articles here at NYGReporter.

    -Spencer Conlin nygreporter.com

  2. bobbyg says:

    kenny phillips,the beast in the east that i always knew he would be.

    • robdomaine says:

      Agreed. I was really worried when all that talk started about him maybe having a career ending injury. I’m glad he was able to get through all of that and continue playing.

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