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Role: Blocking TE
2012 Stats: 8 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD
Notes: Missed all of 2010 with torn ACL; underwent recent shoulder surgery in offseason
Analysis: Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton described John Phillips as a "grinder of a blocker" in an article on Southwest Riverside News Network, and ESPN's AFC West blogger Bill Williamson labeled Phillips as a "premier blocker" in his blog.
From the looks of it, the consensus is that Phillips will be the Chargers' blocking tight end. As a former backup to Jason Witten in Dallas, Phillips didn't get to see the ball all that much, but there's reason to believe he's more than a one-trick pony.
In 2011, the former Cowboy caught 15 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown despite his limited role as a passing option.
Next season, Phillips will likely take over the duties that Randy McMichael once held with the Chargers. Even as a blocking tight end, McMichael caught 59 passes in three seasons with the Bolts, meaning Phillips will definitely have the opportunity to utilize his pass-catching abilities with his new team.
The injury history with Phillips is a bit concerning, but in the three seasons that he's been healthy he hasn't missed a game.
Why?: San Diego loses veteran leadership in McMichael and a decent pass-catcher, but bringing in Phillips for a three-year deal at the ripe age of 26 is a plus for a team that is trying to get younger.