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Draft prospect Kyle Philips recalled humorous introduction to Bill Belichick

"I was just so surprised."

Kyle Philips
UCLA wide receiver Kyle Philips scores against LSU during the 2021 season. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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Kyle Philips’s Bill Belichick story: Wide receiver Kyle Philips is one of many NFL prospects currently at the scouting combine.

And like several of the receivers in this year’s class, Philips has met with the Patriots (which he said he did at the Shrine Bowl earlier in 2022). The player who has drawn comparisons to Wes Welker also noted that he met Bill Belichick even before that while he was still at UCLA.

Interestingly, it was a moment when his mind wasn’t on football. Instead, it was a much more familiar college concern: midterms.

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“One time I was at the facilities, it was like midterm time and I went to the bathroom and Coach Belichick and Coach [Chip] Kelly were walking by and Coach Kelly introduced me and I got to talk to my little bit,” Philips told Patriots.com writer Mike Dussault. “I was just so surprised. It’s midterms and I was focused on my papers and wasn’t expecting to see him.”

Philips hauled in 59 catches in the 2021 season for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns. Along with Welker, Philips has also drawn comparisons to Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.

The NFL Draft gets underway on April 28 at 8 p.m.

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He succeeded a coach who was recently fired by an NFL team.

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