NASHVILLE — Wide receiver Josh Reynolds has never been a primary option in his NFL career. Heading into Year 5, Reynolds is hoping to make an impact with the Tennessee Titans.
The opportunity will certainly be there.
“It just kind of made the most sense for me and the family,” Reynolds said of Tennessee. “As far as the point of my career that I’m in, I’m just trying to create a name for myself. I think with Corey Davis leaving, I think I can go in and fit that role pretty good. I’m extremely excited to be a Titan and getting ready to get this thing going with the team.”
A fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, Reynolds comes to the Titans fresh off of a career year. The receiver started 13 games for L.A. in 2020 and caught 52 of his 81 targets (64.2%), 618 yards and two touchdowns. Reynolds made a combined total of 61 catches in three previous seasons with the Rams.
He expects to fit in nicely in Tennessee.
Titans need Reynolds to flourish
The Titans lost just over 43% of their receiving production this offseason in three players.
Davis (984) and tight end Jonnu Smith (448) left Tennessee in free agency. Receiver Adam Humphries (228) was released in February as a salary cap casualty. The trio combined for 15 of the Titans 33 receiving touchdowns in 2020. While it is more than reasonable to expect GM Jon Robinson to target a couple of pass catchers at both positions in April’s NFL Draft, Reynolds comes in ahead of the curve.
“(Tennessee’s offense is) almost exactly the same (as Los Angeles) with the play action and the zone running and all that,” said Reynolds. “So, it’s almost basically going to be a little plug-and-play with me to be able to just come in and do what I was doing with the Rams. Maybe get a couple more deep balls than I was getting over there but, ultimately, I’m ready to go.”
Reynolds’ deal with the Titans is reportedly for one year. The details of the contract have not yet been released.
A “prove it” opportunity may be just what Reynolds is looking for in Tennessee. The young receiver will have as much as he can handle with the hole Davis left to fill.
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