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Phillip Gaines (born April 4, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rice.

Phillip Gaines
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Gaines with the Kansas City Chiefs
No. 29 – Houston Texans
Personal information
Born: (1991-04-04) April 4, 1991 (age 28)
Concord, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Judson (Converse, Texas)
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2019
Total tackles:142
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:16
Player stats at

High school careerEdit

Gaines attended Judson High School in Converse, Texas, where he played football and ran track. He totalled 110 tackles and four interceptions during his two seasons, and blocked five kicks as a senior, leading Judson to the state title game played at Rice Stadium.[1] Academically, he had a 3.7 GPA.

As a track and field athlete, Gaines was ranked as one of the top 110m hurdlers in the state as a senior. As a junior, he ran a leg on Judson's 4 × 100 m relay squad that finished third at the state track meet, with a school-record time of 40.91 seconds. At the 2009 Texas Relays, he placed 7th in the 110-meter hurdles with a PR time of 14.09 seconds.[2] He took silver in the long jump at the 2009 Converse Wagner Meet, with a leap of 6.70 meters (21 ft 11 in).[3] He recorded a personal-best time of 38.54 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2009 District 27-5A Meet, winning the event.[4]

Gaines was regarded as a two-star recruit by[5] Gaines first got his recognition while starring in high school as the overall mvp at the national underclassmen combine and showcase hosted by and David Schuman

College careerEdit

Gaines attended Rice University from 2009 to 2013. As a true freshman, he played in nine games, starting six, before an injury vs. SMU ended his season. He recorded 28 total tackles and broke up three passes. In 2010, he played in all 12 games, recording 64 tackles, including two for loss, and six pass break ups. In 2011, he played in only five games, including three starts, before sustaining an injury at Southern Miss, and was given a medical redshirt. In 2012, he started all 13 games, recording 33 tackles, and 18 pass break ups, which led the Conference USA and was second nationally, and earned himself consensus C-USA honors. In 2013, he was named the Conference USA Pre-season Defensive Player of the Year.[6] He was suspended for the opening game of the season vs. Texas A&M, due to violation of team rules.[7] He went on to start the next 12 games of the season, recording 36 tackles, including four for loss, four interceptions and nine pass break ups, and was named first team All-C-USA for the second consecutive season.

Gaines set a school record by breaking up 38 passes in his career.

Professional careerEdit

On January 11, 2014, it was reported that Gaines had accepted his invitation to play in the 2014 East–West Shrine Game.[8] The week leading up to the game, Gaines made a lot of plays and impressed multiple scouts.[9] On January 18, 2014, Gaines recorded one solo tackle and led both teams with three pass break ups to help former Atlanta Falcons' head coach Jerry Glanville's East team defeat the West 23-13.[10] Gaines was one of 38 cornerbacks and 59 collegiate defensive backs to receive an invitation to perform at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[11] He had a spectacular performance at the combine and completed all of the combine and positional drills. He tied TCU's Jason Verrett for the second best 40-yard dash time among defensive backs at the combine, finishing only behind Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert. Gaines also finished second in the three-cone drill among his position group behind Oregon's Terrance Mitchell.[12] On March 17, 2014, Gaines opted to participate at Rice's pro day, along with ten other prospects. He chose to stand on his combine numbers and only ran positional drills for scouts and team representatives from 23 NFL teams.[13] Gaines had private visits or workouts with the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, and Miami Dolphins.[14][15][16][17][18] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Gaines received multiple different draft projections, varying from a projection as early as the second round ( and Bleacher Report) to as late as the fourth or fifth round ([19] He was ranked as the seventh best cornerback prospect in the draft by[20]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
31 78 in
(0.81 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
4.38 s 1.49 s 2.57 s 4.04 s 6.62 s 36 12 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[21]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Gaines in the third round (87th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[22] He was the eighth cornerback selected in 2014.


On May 15, 2014, the Chiefs signed him to a four-year, $2.82 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $549,112.[23]

Throughout his first training camp, he competed with Brandon Flowers, Chris Owens, Marcus Cooper, Jamell Fleming, and Ron Parker for a job as the starting cornerback.[24] Head coach Andy Reid named him the sixth cornerback on the depth chart to start the regular season, behind Smith, Cooper, Owens, Parker, and Fleming. He made his professional regular season debut in the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opening 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. On September 24, 2014, he recorded his first career tackle and finished with two combined tackles during a 34-15 win at the Miami Dolphins.

On October 5, 2014, Gaines suffered a concussion during a 22-17 loss at the San Francisco 49ers. The following game, he earned his first career start as the nickelback after Chris Owens was unable to play due to an injury.[25][26] He completed the 23-20 victory at the San Diego Chargers with one pass deflection. On November 16, 2014, Gaines earned his third career start and collected a season-high five solo tackles in the Chiefs 24-20 victory against the Seattle Seahawks. Gaines started in place of Marcus Cooper who was benched after an underwhelming performance while replacing Jamell Fleming who suffered a hamstring injury.[27][28] On December 10, 2014, Gaines suffered a concussion during practice and remained in the concussion protocol for the Chiefs' 31-13 victory against the Oakland Raiders.[29] He went on to miss Weeks 16-17 with an unspecified illness.[30] Gaines finished his rookie season in 2014 with 20 combined tackles and four pass deflections in five starts and 13 games.[31] [32]


Gaines entered training camp facing major competition for the starting cornerback job against 2015 first round pick Marcus Peters, Marcus Cooper, Jamell Fleming, and Sanders Commings.[33] Head coach Andy Reid named him the starting cornerback, along with the rookie Peters, after Sean Smith was suspended for the first three games due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

On September 17, 2015, Gaines recorded a season-high four combined tackles during a 31-24 loss to the Denver Broncos. The following game, he recorded two solo tackles in a 38-28 loss at the Green Bay Packers, but left in the first quarter after tearing his ACL.[34] On September 30, 2015, he was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.[35] Gaines finished the 2015 season with six combined tackles (five solo) in three games and three starts.[36]


Gaines competed against Steven Nelson, Kenneth Acker, KeiVarae Russell, and Eric Murray for the starting cornerback job left by the departure of Sean Smith during free agency to the Oakland Raiders. He was named the starting cornerback opposite Marcus Peters to start the 2016 season.[37]

On September 25, 2016, Gaines a recorded season-high seven solo tackles and forced a fumble in the Chiefs' 24-3 victory over the New York Jets. Unfortunately, he left in the fourth quarter after suffering a knee injury related to his ACL tear and was unable to play in the Chiefs' Week 4 game where they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-14.[38] On October 30, 2016, he made four solo tackles, deflected two passes, and had his first career interception off of a pass attempt by Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck during a 30-14 victory. He missed four more games throughout the season and lost his starting cornerback job to Steven Nelson and Terrance Mitchell.[39] He finished the 2016 season with a total of 44 combined tackles (42 solo), seven pass deflections, and an interception in 11 games and five starts.[40]


Gaines competed with Steven Nelson, Terrance Mitchell, D. J. White, and Kenneth Acker in training camp for the job as the starting cornerback.[41] He was named the backup behind Peters, Mitchell, and Acker.

In the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener at the New England Patriots, Gaines recorded four solo tackles in their 42-27 victory. On October 8, 2016, he made his first start of the season and collected three combined tackles during a 42-34 win at the Houston Texans. The next game, Gaines made a season-high five combined tackles as Kansas City lost 19-13 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.[42] He played in 14 games with three starts before suffering a dislocated elbow in Week 17. He was placed on injured reserve on January 3, 2018.[43] After the season, he became a free agent for the first time in his career.

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 29, 2018, the Buffalo Bills signed Gaines to a one-year, $835,000 contract.[23][44] He played in seven games, starting six, before being released on November 6, 2018.[45]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On November 7, 2018, Gaines was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns.[46]

The Browns re-signed Gaines on March 19, 2019.[47] He was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2019.[48] He was released from injured reserve with an injury settlement on September 7.

Houston TexansEdit

On September 10, 2019, Gaines was signed by the Houston Texans.[49] He was placed on injured reserve on October 21, 2019.

NFL statisticsEdit

Season Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
2014 KC 13 5 20 20 0 0.0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
2015 KC 3 3 6 5 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 KC 11 5 44 42 2 0.0 2 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0
2017 KC 14 3 30 23 7 0.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2018 BUF 7 6 30 24 6 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
CLE 4 0 9 7 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 52 22 139 121 18 0.0 2 0 0 16 1 0 0 0 0



  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • PD: passes defensed
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown


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