With Trae Waynes expected to miss most of the 2020 season, Darius Phillips has an opportunity to step up and show he’s a starting NFL cornerback.
The 25-year-old is entering his third year. This season could change the trajectory of his career. He played in eight games in 2019, mostly as a kick returner. He made the most of his only start last season, intercepting Baker Mayfield twice and helping the Bengals pick up their second win in Week 17.
Phillips allowed six receptions, two touchdowns and 144 yards in 2019. He was targeted 16 times in 109 snaps. The former fifth-round pick led the Bengals with four interceptions. He held opposing quarterbacks in check, giving up a 37.5 percent completion percentage.
Phillips looked great at times against the Browns, but also showed his inexperience when he gave up a 46-yard touchdown to Damion Ratley. It could take time for