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After an imperssive stint in the XFL, former Virginia Tech wide receiver Cam Phillips has found an NFL home with the Carolina Panthers.
XFL star receiver Cam Phillips is signing with the Carolina Panthers per source. He reunites with QB PJ Walker. #Panthers— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 26, 2020
Phillips joins a wide receiver group headlined by DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Robby Anderson, but definitely could provide some opportunity.
The Panthers are going through a massive revamp this offseason as the team enters a new regime under first year head coach Matt Rhule and newly signed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. As is well-documented, the Panthers are continuing to build around star RB Christian McCaffery as they try to climb back up the ladder in the NFC.
Here's a look back at how Phillips got to this point.
Cam Phillips joined the Hokies in 2014 out of Laurel, Maryland. Over his four seasons at Virginia Tech, Phillips finished with 236 receptions for 3027 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Phillips finished his Virginia Tech Football career as the school’s all-time reception and receiving yards leader. His senior season was undoubtedly his best as he shined as Tech's featured receiver with 71 receptions for 964 yards and 7 touchdowns on his way to earning All-ACC First Team honors.
Following his senior season, he signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. After a 2018 season where he bounced on and off Buffalo’s roster multiple times, the Bills waived Phillips for the final time in August of 2019.
Phillips received his next shot in the XFL, after being drafted by the Houston Roughnecks in the sixth round of the league’s 2019 draft. Phillips emerged as one of the XFL’s top tier wide receivers right out of the gate, snagging seven touchdowns in his first three games.
The XFL season was cancelled due to COVID-19 after only five games. Phillips finished with the most receiving yards in the league after five games, totaling 445 yards. Phillips ended the season with 31 receptions for nine touchdowns, leaving a lasting impression.
Coming off a hot XFL stint, Phillips received a look from the Panthers and signed with the team on Wednesday. He joins the team along with fellow Roughneck star, Quarterback P.J. Walker, who was Phillips’ quarterback in Houston, and signed with Carolina earlier this offseason.
Phillips will have to make a strong impression on the coaching staff in training camp in order to make the team this season which may be harder due to the lack of preseason games.
However, Cam Phillips showed at Virginia Tech and in the XFL that he has the talent and work ethic to be a contributor for Carolina, and surprise many once again.