Saints hoping Kenny Phillips can rediscover first round talent

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA (WVUE)- - An under-the-radar signing for the Saints this offseason was veteran safety Kenny Phillips, who hasn't played a down since the 2012 season. 

Now that he's with the team in West Virginia, he's grateful to be back in the NFL and with this particular organization.

"I kind of put all my eggs in this basket, trying to take advantage of it. A lot of guys that I'm competing with are pretty good, [Rafael] Bush and Kenny [Vaccaro], but it's been fun. It's been competitive and I'm looking forward to what comes next," Phillips said.

After knee problems nearly ended the former first round draft pick's career, he showed up on the black and gold's radar.

Sean Payton appreciates the mindset of a player with Phillips' perspective.

"When you are removed from the game for a stretch and you've played it for quite a while. There is that hunger if you will to take advantage of the next opportunity," Payton said.

As for why Phillips signed with the Saints, he said the reason was simple, "They were the only team that wanted me."

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