A former undrafted rookie who worked his way up from the practice squad, Adrian Phillips has become a mainstay in the Chargers’ secondary.
Philips played in 14 games while making six starts in 2016. He ranked fourth in tackles among the secondary and pulled in his second career interception. It came against former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees.
In his free time, Phillips enjoys traveling to tropical destinations, bike riding, playing golf and basketball, and spending time at the beach.
His brother, Byron Phillips, played running back at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and the University of North Texas.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers June 16, 2014...waived Aug. 30...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 1...waived Sept. 23...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 29...waived Oct. 1...re-signed to practice squad, Oct. 7...signed to active roster, Nov. 1...waived Nov. 3...re-signed to practice squad, Nov. 5...re-signed to active roster, Nov. 15...waived Nov. 29...re-signed to practice squad, Dec. 2...re-signed with Chargers, Dec. 29, 2014...waived Sept. 5...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 7...signed to active roster, Sept. 19...waived Oct. 12...re-signed to practice squad, Oct. 14...re-signed to active roster, Oct. 20...waived Dec. 9...re-signed to practice squad, Dec. 11...re-signed to active roster, Dec. 16.
2017: Played in 15 contests, starting four, and was inactive for the season finale due to injury...Participated on 252 special teams plays, registering six special teams tackles...Picked off two passes, registered six passes defensed, forced a fumble and posted 60 tackles (50 solo) on defense…Member of a defensive backfield that allowed just one 100-yard receiver in 2017, joining Arizona, Jacksonville and Minnesota as the only teams to do so…Part of the only secondary to not allow more than 245 gross passing yards in a game during the first seven weeks of the season...at Denver (Sept. 11): Saw action on eight defensive snaps and a team-high 22 on special teams...Intercepted a pass from QB Trevor Siemian in the fourth quarter that bounced off CB Desmond King and WR Bennie Fowler…Returned the pick four yards...Added a special teams tackle on punt coverage...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Played on six snaps on defense, posting a solo tackle...Contributed on 22 plays on special teams...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Posted a solo tackle, seeing time on eight defensive snaps and a team-high 24 snaps on special teams...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Appeared in the 30th game of his career...Registered a special teams tackle on punt coverage, his second of the season...Played 14 snaps on defense and a team-high 23 on special teams…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Tied a then-career-high with eight tackles (seven solo) on 53 defensive snaps…Contributed on 19 plays on special teams, registering his third special teams tackle of the season on punt coverage…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Started as the third S, his first start of the season…Registered two solo tackles, playing seven defensive snaps and two on special teams before departing with a concussion…In the first quarter, forced RB Jalen Richard to change direction, resulting in a tackle for a three-yard loss by DT Tenny Palepoi…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Matched a then-career-high with eight tackles (four solo)…Registered a pass defensed and forced the first fumble of his career…Chased down TE A.J. Derby and stripped the ball away to force a fumble that was recovered by OLB Jatavis Brown…at New England (Oct. 29): Posted a career-high 12 solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed…Dropped RB Dion Lewis in the backfield for a three-yard loss after speeding past T Nate Solder…Started as the third S for the 10th start of his career, opening the game in the box…Played 59 defensive snaps and 22 on special teams…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Saw action in the 35th game of his career, playing 42 snaps on defense and 27 on special teams…Posted a special teams tackle on punt coverage…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Started at FS, finishing with six solo tackles on 55 defensive plays while adding 14 on special teams…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Participated on 48 defensive plays and seven on special teams…Totaled seven tackles (five solo)…Early in the second quarter, forced QB Dak Prescott to step up in the pocket and scramble before DT Tenny Palepoi brought him down for a sack…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Posted two tackles (one solo) and an INT…Sealed the victory with an INT of QB DeShone Kizer on a pass intended for TE Seth DeValve, undercutting the route after DE Melvin Ingram applied pressure to Kizer…Saw action on 51 plays on defense and 10 on special teams…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Started as the third S, playing 43 snaps on defense and 18 on special teams…Finished with five tackles (three solo)…In the fourth quarter, blew up a screen pass from QB Kirk Cousins to RB Samaje Perine, bringing Perine down for a four-yard loss…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Appeared in the 40th game of his career…Posted eight solo tackles on 52 defensive plays…Saw action on 12 special teams snaps, registering a tackle on punt coverage that pinned Kansas City inside their 20-yard line…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Registered two passes defensed on 27 plays on defense…Played 15 snaps on special teams and posted a tackle on punt coverage…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Inactive (ankle).
2016: Pressure and quarterback hit on same play Sept. 25 at Indianapolis when Jatavis Brown sacked Andrew Luck and forced fumble that was returned 61 yards by Caraun Reid for touchdown to tie game, 13-13...fourth-quarter interception off New Orleans’ Drew Brees Oct. 2...outstanding play to break up deep pass for Demaryius Thomas on opening series of game Oct. 30 at Denver...season-best five stops vs. Broncos.
2015: First NFL interception Jan. 3 at Denver, returning pick 39 yards to set up field goal. 2014: NFL debut Nov. 2 at Miami...also played Nov. 16 vs. Oakland and Nov. 23 vs. St. Louis.
COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Big 12 and team captain as senior...co-winner of 2013 Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid Strength and Conditioning Award...Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in Fall 2011...206 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, seven pressures, six interceptions and 11 passes defensed...played at Texas from 2010-13...communications major.
PERSONAL: Born in Dallas, Texas...District 10-5A MVP and Offensive Player of Year, all-state, all-area and two-time first-team all-district at Garland (Texas) High School...lettered in track and field in 400 meters and shot put.