Last week, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he didn’t see the kind of leaps he was hoping to see from safety Kenny Phillips during the preseason. The second year after knee surgery, Fewell had said he was hoping to have the dynamic player the Giants thought they drafted in 2008. On Sunday, perhaps he got his first glimpse of that player.
Phillips had a team-high 10 tackles and two pass breakups – one on a hit that dislodged the ball from Anthony Armstrong and another racing back to deflect a deep pass intended for Armstrong again. But the biggest change to his game may have been the time Phillips spent at the line of scrimmage.
“You noticed that, huh?” he said when asked about playing in the box. “Last year they were protecting me from my injury, they didn’t want me to get banged up. This year I’m taking on a bigger role and thus far I’m happy with it … I just like being around the ball.”