After dominating the XFL earlier this year before its demise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, former Virginia Tech star Cam Phillips is finally in the NFL.
The #Panthers are signing former XFL star receiver Cam Phillips, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 26, 2020
PJ Walker’s favorite target from the Houston Roughnecks now joins him in Carolina.
Virginia Tech’s all-time leader in receptions signed with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, reuniting with his former Houston Roughnecks teammate, quarterback PJ Walker.
In five games in the XFL, Phillips led the league with 31 receptions, 445 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He was named XFL star of the week on multiple occassions.
Phillips joins a Carolina team with some receiver spots up-for-grabs. The top three receivers are set with DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel and Robby Anderson. However, Phillips has an opportunity to beat out several other young players to make Carolina’s 53-man roster. Phillips can play outside or in the slot.
It is important to note that star running back Christian McCaffrey plays in the slot, too.
Phillips played for the Hokies from 2014-17. He left Blacksburg as the school’s leader in receptions with 236 and yards with 3,027. He also scored 17 touchdowns and was named first-team All-ACC his final season with the Hokies.
The 24-year-old Phillips went undrafted in 2018 and spent that season with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. He was out of the league in 2019.