New Patriots S Adrian Phillips explains how he already feels at home with new team

Ryan Hannable
June 04, 2020 - 12:13 pm
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It's been an eventful offseason for safety Adrian Phillips.

He was a free agent for the first time in his career before signing the Patriots, and then like all Americans dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic and now is witnessing racial inequality protests.

Speaking with Megan O'Brien of Patriots.com, Phillips acknowledged he feels at home with his new team even though he hasn't even met his new teammates and coaches face-to-face.

“That is a testament to those guys to embrace me the way that they did to just treat me like I have been there for so long and not even meeting me face-to-face," he said. "It is a huge testament to them and a huge testament to the coaches showing that there are people that just really want to know the best of you and just really want to see the type of person you are and embrace you and bring you into the winning culture. It is real cool to be apart of it.”

Phillips added: “It is a first class organization. You notice that from afar and you wonder how does that keep happening? So actually being in the mix you see that and being in the meetings with the guys and with the DBs you see why they are always in the position that they are in. It is just great to be apart of.”

The 28-year-old has spent the first six years of his career with the Chargers and was a Pro Bowl special teamer. On defense, he's listed as a safety, but can play a variety of roles, including hybrid linebacker.

Phillips' main role with the Patriots will likely come on special teams, but Bill Belichick will likely find a role for him on defense depending on the opponent of a given week.

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