On December 10, he was activated, and he’s been an absolute disruptor ever since.
Last week, in a win over the Houston Texans, Phillips earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 90,9, which was the second highest mark of all cornerbacks in Week 16. He was targeted six times, but allowed just four receptions for 28 yards. That earned him a coverage grade of 90.7.
#Bengals CB Darius Phillips makes @PFF Team of the Week for Week 16!— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) December 29, 2020
His 90.9 @PFF grade ranked 2nd among cornerbacks in Week 16, and he produced an impressive 90.7 coverage grade to go along with a team-high 8 tackles.https://t.co/YiEHZeNI0G
In Week 14, against the Dallas Cowboys, Phillips earned an overall grade of 90.4 and a coverage grade of 90.8. The next week, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was targeted 13 times, but allowed just seven receptions for 45 yards. Overall, he has the highest grade of any cornerback since his return from injury.
Also a 90+ grade over the last 3 weeks and comes in as the highest graded CB in the NFL since returning from injury. https://t.co/ce3XFnDfqG— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 29, 2020
While that is a small sample size, it is very encouraging, considering the fact that Phillips is still just 25-years-old and only saw the field for 340 snaps entering this season.
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