During the 2020 XFL season, there was no team hotter than the Houston Roughnecks. Led by league-leading quarterback PJ Walker, the team went 5-0 on the shortened season.
One of Walker’s favorite targets was wide receiver Cam Phillips. Earlier this year Phillips was signed by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, where he would join his former teammate. But, the reunion didn’t last long, when Phillips was ultimately cut from the main roster.
Today, we have some good news to report. The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed Cam Phillips to a deal, along with defensive backs Donovan Olumba and Brad Stewart.
.@TicatsInsurance Player Transaction Alert:
We've signed three 🇺🇸 players, including wide receiver Cam Phillips (@camphil5), and defensive backs Donovan Olumba (@olumbadx) and Brad Stewart Jr. (@B_Stew5).
🗞️ | https://t.co/anSlSWf2BT#Ticats | #CFL | @InsuredWithMIB pic.twitter.com/16stsx4qZb
— Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats) June 10, 2021
Cam Phillips was drafted in the sixth round of the inaugural XFL Draft by the Houston Roughnecks. In the Roughnecks’ first game against the Los Angeles Wildcats, Phillips helped score a 50-yard touchdown, giving the Roughnecks their first points and helping the team win a 37–17 victory against the Wildcats.
In what turned out to be the final week of the XFL season, Phillips hauled in 10 receptions for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. He again earned Player of the Week for his performance. Phillips finished the XFL season with 31 receptions for a league high 455 yards and 9 touchdowns.
We expected to see Cam Phillips get scooped up, and with the CFL season targeting an August 5th return, the time was now. The XFL is on the sidelines this year, and 2022 is on-hold pending the discussions with the CFL. But… it seems like news may be coming soon.
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