Kenny Phillips aiming to be ready at start of season

Kenny Phillips is fixing to be back on the field for the beginning of the regular season.

In fact, if he has his way he will have a helmet on and be on the field Aug. 1 when the New York Giants get going in training camp.

But there are no guarantees yet for the talented safety, who has been sidelined since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee early last season. Phillips was upbeat and optimistic in an NFL.com online chat with Frank Tadych.

“To me, everything is realistic,” Phillips said about being ready for the opener.”As far as being a starter, I don’t know if they’ll throw me out there the first game. I’m not sure. I do feel like I’ll get some type of playing time in that first game.

“I look at myself as the starter, and have the mindset they’re just working me back slowly. With Deon Grant, we know our roles. I feel that even if I’m not the starter [right away], he can get the job done. And he feels that when I’m ready to come back, he’ll let me shine. We’ll work something out.”

Phillips predicted he’ll be participating in some fashion at the start of training camp. The Giants were crushed by injuries at all levels of their defense last season. They’ve added Antrel Rolle in the secondary in free agency and the belief here is that new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will make a big impact in his first season. He’s got a proven track record as a defensive backs coach too.

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