3. Kyle Phillips, DE, NY Jets
Another player who has battled injuries throughout his career is defensive end Kyle Phillips. Signed as an undrafted free agent shortly following the 2019 NFL Draft, Phillips has spent three years with the Jets.
He managed to make the Week 1 roster as a rookie and went on to play 15 games (four starts) in his first NFL season. Phillips finished with 39 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six QB hits, and 1.5 sacks while playing an important role in the Jets' defensive line rotation.
It seemed as though Phillips was set to become a fixture in the Jets' front-seven for the next few years. Unfortunately, that rookie season has proved to be the highlight of his career to this point.
Phillips played seven games in 2020 before suffering a serious ankle injury that would land him on the season-ending injured reserve. He really hasn't recovered since.
Phillips' injury was so significant that he missed all of training camp the following year and was placed on the PUP list to begin the season. He wasn't activated until November, and in the seven games he played after returning, he failed to make much of an impact.
At just 24-years-old (he turns 25 in May), Phillips still has plenty left to offer and should be able to find a new home with another team as a rotational tweener defensive lineman.
Unfortunately, he never seemed like a great fit in the Jets' new defensive scheme, and that ankle injury stalled any momentum he had. A restricted free agent to begin the offseason before his contract was non-tendered, Phillips will be playing for a new team in 2022.