Before the revival of the XFL was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Houston Roughnecks wide receiver Cam Phillips was lighting up box scores almost every week. Now, Phillips is looking for work and the Cincinnati Bengals may be his next employer.
According to NFL insider Aaron Wilson, the Bengals and Miami Dolphins are interested in signing Phillips.
Dolphins and Bengals interested in @XFLRoughnecks wide receiver Cam Phillips— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 27, 2020
The former Buffalo Bills receiver of two years was the XFL’s leading receiver in yards (455) catches (31) and touchdowns (9) through five weeks of the shortened season. Phillips was especially lethal on deep targets of 20 yards or more. He led the league in deep yards with 182, per Pro Football Focus.
That skillset may be why the Bengals are keen on bringing him in. When A.J. Green and John Ross III were out, Cincinnati’s offense severely lacked a vertical threat at receiver. Phillips would likely try to make the roster and provide depth for that purpose alone.
This would also be a chance for him to make a name for himself in the NFL once more. With the Bills, he only appeared in two games during the 2018 season, his rookie year, and caught one pass for nine yards.
Cincinnati currently has 10 receivers on their roster at the moment if you count Mike Thomas, who they reportedly agreed to terms with this free agency period. Phillips would be far from a sure thing to make it through final cuts, but his XFL resurrection would make him an intriguing storyline this summer.