Three XFL players that could sign with the New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver: Cam Phillips
Regardless of the Saints signing Emmanuel Sanders, it can never hurt a team to have too many weapons.
The team has plenty of options considering Jared Cook finally began clicking near the end of the season and the expected production from both Thomas and Alvin Kamara, but Brees thrives by spreading the ball. He never totally relies on one option, so surrounding him with as many talented receivers as possible is a smart gamble.
It can be difficult to find a spot for a six-foot wideout with a 4.87 40-yard dash, but if any offensive mind could incorporate a player like that then it’s Sean Payton.
Also, despite these detrimental physical aspects, Cam Phillips of the Houston Roughnecks has proven himself to be every bit a pro player with his production in the XFL.
In the five games that were played in the XFL season, Phillips allotted 455 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. This included one outing of 194 yards and three touchdowns on only eight receptions.
When watching tape from his games with the Roughnecks, it’s apparent that Phillips is a player that has learned to adapt his playstyle around his weaknesses. His speed has somewhat improved, but his strengths lie in his sure hands and his ability to use his body to box out defenders.
Most of his receptions came in close coverage where he simply put himself in better positioning than the defender. Pairing that physicality with his bulldozer running style, and he would make an excellent short and medium field option for any team.
Phillips might not have his statistics transfer over at the NFL level due to a higher level of coverage ability and faster players, but he could prove to be a reliable option for a team that has found their top option.
Sure hands and determination to build chemistry with a quarterback, like Phillips did with Walker on the Roughnecks, are signs of a necessary contributing piece. Phillips could be exactly that for the Saints next season.