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The Chargers announced on Thursday that they have re-signed tight end John Phillips. The 28-year-old was one of the final players released prior to the announcement of the team’s 53-man roster.

In order to make room for Phillips, the team waived undrafted free agent Tyreek Burwell. The former Cincinnati Bearcat offensive lineman was a surprise signing to the 53-man roster.

Entering his seventh season in the NFL, Phillips began his career with the Dallas Cowboys, playing in 48 total games. Joining the Chargers in 2013 through free agency, the team uses him to do a lot of dirty work on offense and special teams. Although the boxscores have yet to show it, Phillips has done a good amount to help the team win ball games.

For his career, the veteran has recorded 35 receptions for 249 yards with three touchdowns.

The signing of Phillips could prove that the status of Ladarius Green is not what the Bolts had hoped for. Green was evaluated for a concussion at Wednesday’s practice.

With the home opener on Sunday and the possibility of Green missing the game, the Chargers tight end group would look like this: John Phillips, Kyle Miller and David Johnson.

One Response to Chargers bring back Phillips, waive Burwell

  • OPBolt says:

    What is the strategy when Gates (and presumably Green) are healthy in week 5? Somebody on the roster has to go. Best hope is that someone is in desperate need of a TE and you trade for future draft choices (which we need to start stockpiling for the year we need a QB). I haven’t seen enough out of Green to keep hoping on him – for future draft choices, I would be highly tempted to trade him.

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