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Darius Phillips has been outstanding since his return from injury

The 25-year-old cornerback is starting to make a name for himself.

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Darius Phillips was put on IR with a groin injury on November 14, two days before the Cincinnati Bengals’ Week 10 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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.

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.

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.

We talked about the improvement of the young defense in our latest video:

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