Sunday’s game was a coming out party for Jaelan Phillips.
The rookie edge rusher came in to the game against the Panthers with 3.5 career sacks, and he nearly doubled his total in Miami’s victory. Between Cam Newton and P.J. Walker, Phillips was able to get to the quarterback three times. His first takedown didn’t come until nearly the end of the third quarter, when he got to Newton for a 14 yard loss that nearly resulted in a safety. During the fourth quarter, Phillips got to Walker twice to give him his career high sack total. He added three solo tackles, a pass defended, and hit the quarterback a total of four times.
Jaelan Phillips has been making his presence felt more and more with each week that passes. During the early part of the season, you’d have to find him on the field to watch him play. Now, his impact is being felt not only on the stat sheet, but ultimately in the win column as a part of this resurging Dolphins defense. The blitzes and defensive play calling have been a huge positive for Miami, and Phillips certainly figures to be a big part of it going forward.