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The Tennessee Titans selected wide receiver Kyle Philips with the No. 163 pick. Here’s why the AFC South team probably landed a dormant election.
Calling newly drafted Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kyle Philips a “sleeper pick” is a bit ironic given his partnership with Sleep Number.
Before the 2022 NFL Draft, Philips spoke with FanSided’s Mark Carman about what NFL teams could expect from him as a wide receiver and potential punt return.
“I just want to be a guy who is willing to do it all,” Philips told Carman. “Like you said, I’m a returnee, I made a lot of punt returns, and I also told teams that I can do kickoff returns, too.”
“So when I get to camp, I will step into every single role and try to do everything I can, whether it’s return, play ‘core four’ special teams or be one of their starting receivers,” continued Philips. “I’m a guy who’s willing to do it all.”
What will be the role of Kyle Philips on the Tennessee Titans?
By the time Titans general manager Jon Robinson chose Philips, news had spread that the team was sharing paths with their former top receiver, AJ Brown. Still, Philips will join former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods and first-round pick Treylon Burks in camp, but Philips’ special team role could create a special place for him on the team.
Special teams are always a safe place where players can serve their team far from cuts in lists, and Philips’ value as a point and kickoff return makes him an asset in that phase of the game. While some wideouts like the legendary New England Patriots shooter Matthew Slater stay on special teams, Philips could start there and work his way up, as many novice wide receivers have done throughout the NFL.
Based on his film, Philips’ ability to separate and quickly pick up the YAC means he can immediately add to the Titans list as early as September 2022.