Cincinnati Bengals CB Darius Phillips needs to stay healthy after missing eight games last season, but defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo otherwise raved about the 2018 fifth-round draft pick’s ball skills and the fact he was able to register four interceptions on 109 snaps last season.
‘Teaching ball skills, that’s a God-given ability,’ Anarumo said. ‘You can get (players) to knock it down, which is a good thing, but there are two parts. Tracking it and catching it. Some guys can catch it, but they get lost when it’s in the air. To say you have a guy with hands like feet and turn him into an interceptor, it’s not happening. The best guys, you can see them throwing and catching. It’s not hard to see. … You can have four interceptions in 1,000 snaps and that’s a heck of a year. (Phillips) even had one in the preseason, so he can find the ball,’ Anarumo said.Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson