Jaelan Phillips is coming into his own for the Miami Dolphins

Jaelan Phillips first four games as a rookie has not been stat sheet worthy; however, his play speaks to his effects in-game.

Jaelan Phillips Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins OLB Jaelan Phillips. Credit: Sun Sentinel

Four games into his rookie season Jaelan Phillips is continuously improving in the Miami Dolphins defense. For Phillips it’s always about him trying to improve consistently.

His statistics don’t jump off the page but his play style does.

Phillips’ best game so far came against the Indianapolis Colts. He displayed all the qualities in his lone season with the Miami Hurricanes: speed, power, and aggressiveness. It’s not a breakout just yet but the foreshadow has already come.

“I think he’s playing with a lot more confidence. Fast. Aggressive. Better.”

Head Coach Brian Flores

The game is slowing down for Jaelan Phillips.

Phillips is a versatile player that has experience playing with his hand in the dirt on the edge, rushing the passer along the interior and in a standup role in space.

Primarily, Miami has utilized on the edge with his hands in the dirt to maximize his get off and release. He’s had 5 QB pressures and consistently in the backfield.

His 6’5 266lb blend allows him to combine a mixture of his size, length, power technique and athleticism to challenge opposing OL’s and double team him.

Against the Patriots, New England offensive line had to double team, chip block and sometimes hold onto dear life against Phillips.

“I think he is a diligent worker, He comes in, puts a good day’s work in, and he is working hard to improve some things that he needs to improve. And, the things that aren’t going so well, you know he is working to improve those. I would say Jaelan is going to get better and because of his work ethic and his skill set and I think he gets a little bit more comfortable, umm, and the more experience he has the better off he will be.”

Defensive Coordinator Josh Boyer

Furthermore, Phillips is getting comfortable within the game. He’s able to work on different moves in practice and apply it in game. For this defense it’s all about him creating pressure, getting into the game flow and find out what is and is not working.

Now, Phillips is focused on having fun and executing against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers this week in Tampa.

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Author: Hussam Patel

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