John Phillips displays toughness in Chargers return

BY foxsports • June 15, 2015

The knee he tore at the end of 2013 is back to full strength.

So Chargers tight end John Phillips is back doing what he does best -- moving big guys out of the way.

"Obviously you get your strength back with time,” the blocking tight end told the team's official website.  “When you come off of a major injury, you try to get back to where you were.  I wouldn’t say having more time has been a huge jump, but this offseason has been better."

Phillips didn't have a choice entering last year's offseason program. He had to rehabilitate a dual ACL/MCL tear he suffered in December 2013.

Not to be deterred, the tough Virginia product pieced together a 16-game 2014 season. Now, he's hitting the weights and the practice field with his teammates like that career-threatening injury never happened.

"I’ve been able to work on my legs," Phillips said. "I’ve able to lift heavy, so it helps you improve.  I couldn’t do that last year.  So at the beginning of the season, I should be stronger at the point of attack and my feet should be quicker.  That’s the goal.”

San Diego missed a full-strength Phillips, particularly in the run game. His return should let Mike McCoy return to his 2013-14 play-calling form; the head coach intermixed Phillips, Antonio Gates, and Ladarius Green all season to keep defenses off kilter.

(h/t San Diego Chargers)


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