Camp nutshell: Phillips not guaranteed a spot

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Camp nutshell: Phillips not guaranteed a spot
August 18, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Kenny Phillips, seen here during the Eagles' preseason game against the Pats, has been nursing a quad strain since Aug. 11. (USA Today Images)

Injury is once again keeping Kenny Phillips off the field. In the past, Phillips’ knee problems forced the Giants to make due with reserves. Here, there’s no guarantee that the veteran safety will make the team.
 
Patrick Chung, the other veteran free-agent safety signing, has seemingly wrapped up one of the two spots, with Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff getting the most first-team action at the other position as Phillips has nursed a quad strain since Aug 11.
 
But the plan, Phillips said Sunday, is to have him back on the practice field Tuesday and prepare him to see time in Saturday’s preseason game against Jacksonville. The Eagles have a day off Monday.
 
“I’m just hoping to get out there as soon as possible,” he said.
 
Phillips, a 2008 first-round pick who won a Super Bowl in five seasons with the Giants, said his quad strain isn’t related to any of the knee problems he’s had in the past. He missed almost all of 2009 to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee and missed nine games last season with an injury to the opposite knee. He hasn’t played a full season since 2010.
 
Phillips said his “knees are great, which is a good thing.” The quad problem, he added, just happened while running.
 
Although he’s a proven playmaker when healthy, and arguably the team’s best overall safety, Phillips isn’t surrounded by a coaching staff and front office that can afford to give him the benefit of the doubt.

“You have to compete day-to-day, but this is a new team, new coaches. They want to see what you can do,” he said. “Being on the sideline doesn’t help the cause. But at the same time, there is a lot of film out there. We get so many reps they know what I can do.”

Phillips, who turns 27 this year, was signed with the intention of winning a starting job, but he only agreed to a one-year deal. Basically, it’s supposed to be a prove-it year for Phillips to show he can stay healthy and be productive.
 
“It’s definitely frustrating [to miss practices], because you want to go out there, you want to compete, you want to prove yourself,” he said. “These coaches, they’re new, too, so they have nothing to look at but old film. But you can’t help that. It’s just all part of the game. I’m trying to get out there as soon as possible.”
 
Trading places
Isaac Remington traded in his No. 61 jersey for No. 52. He also traded colors, going from white to green as the coaches have decided to move him from defensive line to offensive line.
 
Remington, a rookie free agent who played defensive end for Chip Kelly at Oregon, worked with the offensive line Sunday. The ability to play two spots should help his case for making the practice squad. Remington has mainly worked with the third and fourth strings throughout camp.
 
Quote of the day
“I wish I knew 20 years ago what I know now. I learn something new every day. I think if we function the right way, we have a chance to do good things,” said offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
 
Looking ahead
After an off day Monday, the Eagles will convene practice at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s preseason game against the Jaguars.

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