Jordan Phillips happy to be back with Bills

The defensive lineman left for two seasons to play with Arizona

Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) – Jordan Phillips spent two seasons on the Buffalo Bills’ defensive line before leaving for the Arizona Cardinals. After two years spent in Glendale, he’s now back in Buffalo with the Bills.

Before coming to Buffalo the first time, Phillips spent four years with the Miami Dolphins. He says he’s very excited to come back to play for the Bills.

“It’s like I never left. I’m enjoying myself,” said Phillips earlier this offseason.

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Even though it’s only been two years, things have changed for the 29-year-old Phillips. Now he feels he can be more of a leader to some of the young guys like Greg Rousseau, Ed Oliver, Boogie Basham and A.J. Epenesa.

“From the first time I was here, I was kind of the young guy. It’s weird now, because now I’m kind of the old guy," Phillips said. "I’m just trying to spread the knowledge, but with the guys we have in our room, the ability is just unreal between A.J., Ed, Greg and Boogie.”

When it comes to Oliver, Phillips sees a different football player than what he saw back in 2019 when Oliver was a rookie.

“I think Ed’s matured a lot, and I think that’s what helped his game the most," Phillips said of the 2019 first-round pick. "I mean, everybody has always known he was going to be a top guy. Now his maturity, with the way he plays and the way he understands the game, is what’s helped him. Talent has never been an issue.”

Phillips lines up next to Oliver, but he will also be on the field, at times, with Rousseau. With what he’s seen from the spring, Phillips is impressed.

“I like Greg, and what I see from his tape I like," he said of the 2021 first-round pick. "He’s big, he’s fast, he’s still young, and once he figures out who he is, he’s going to be up there with Von [Miller].”

To fans, Josh Allen is a superstar quarterback leading their team. But that’s not what Phillips sees, as he returns to the team.

“Josh is just a guy, and I think that’s the biggest thing in the locker room," Phillips explained. "People aren’t scared to talk to him. He’s one of the highest paid players in the league, but he doesn’t act like that. [It] goes a long way with everybody in the locker room.”

Eric Washington is entering his third season with the Bills coaching the defensive line. While Washington hasn’t told Phillips exactly what his role will be, he enjoys playing for Washington, and says it’s be a group effort on the defensive line.

“With this front that we have, I think that anybody can play anywhere at anytime," Phillips said. "I think that he feels the same way, and we have a lot of different combinations that we’re going to throw at people.”

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Phillips loves the fact that Von Miller has joined the team. He thinks he’ll make a difference off the field, as well.

“He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion, a Super Bowl MVP. Whatever he says, you listen to it," Phillips said. "He has a lot of leadership, and he also works hard. So he’s been there, he’s done it, and he’s the best of the best.”

The Bills report to St. John Fisher for training camp in less than a month on July 24.

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