The Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals have been two of the most aggressive teams in free agency this offseason. Now, both could reportedly be competing to sign the top receiver from the XFL.
According to The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, the Dolphins and Bengals are interested in Houston Roughnecks wide receiver Cam Phillips. The 24-year-old Phillips emerged as a go-to target for quarterback P.J. Walker and dominated the XFL before the league suspended the 2020 season because of the coronavirus outbreak.
An undrafted free agent in 2018, Phillips signed with the Buffalo Bills in May of 2018. He was assigned to the practice squad before the regular season began then was added to the active roster in October, before finishing back on the practice squad. He played in two games and had one reception.
The 6-foot Phillips got his second chance in 2019, joining the XFL with an opportunity to prove himself. After being selected in the sixth round of the 2020 XFL Draft, Phillips quickly emerged as the top weapon in Houston’s offense. The chemistry he had with Walker, who recently signed with the Carolina Panthers, made Houston’s offense unstoppable.
Phillips led the XFL in targets (44), receptions (31), receiving yards (455) and touchdowns (nine) across five games. Phillips also showed plenty of big-play ability, averaging 14.7 yards per catch.
The Dolphins and Bengals could use more talent at receiver, especially with both teams projected to draft franchise-caliber quarterbacks in the latest mock draft. At a time when the passing game is more prominent than ever in the NFL, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Phillips attracts even more attention from across the league.