3. Jordan Phillips, DT
A former second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, Jordan Phillips is a huge defensive tackle that has made quite the impact in Buffalo since being claimed off waivers last year. The 6-foot-6, 341-pound nose tackle was waived by the Dolphins after blowing up on the sideline during a loss.
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Adam Gase, the head coach of Miami at the time, also had a short fuse and loved getting rid of players. This time rather than trade Phillips to a bad team as a punishment (something he was rumored to have threatened), they simply let him go and Buffalo gladly put in a claim.
Most of the 2018 season for him was spent getting acclimated to the scheme but in 2019, Phillips is having a career year. In 12 games with just five starts, he’s already recorded a career-high 7.5 sacks. Coming into the season, he had just 5.5 which shows how much he has thrived in Sean McDermott’s defense.
While he doesn’t have elite pass rush skills, he’s been able to capitalize on the majority of shots he gets on opposing quarterbacks as a talented defensive line is giving him plenty of one on one battles.
He’s taken full advantage of the opportunity afforded to him in Buffalo and should be retained when the season is over.