The other defensive end position will be filled by Chuka Ndulue, who started nine games last season as he rotated with Grissom.
Grissom, though, has moved to linebacker.
With Jordan Wade, who played well in Phillips’ absence last year, returning as the backup in the middle and reserve defensive ends Charles Walker and Matt Dimon drawing praise for their work behind the starters, the defensive line figures to have some depth.
“It all starts with the big guys,” Ndulue said. “If we’re not being dominant and getting driven into the linebackers, it’s going to be a long day for us. We just preach that it all starts up front.”
“If we’re dominating and playing on their side of the line of scrimmage, we can do something great.”