WR Josh Reynolds - Los Angeles Rams
|6-3, 194||Born: 2-16-1995||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
Week 21: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Tough matchup. Jared Goff has been up and down this season but was great when he needed to be against the Saints in the championship. Goff over his last seven games has thrown for 216 yards or less in five of those games and has thrown for under 60% completion percentage in four of those games. The Rams offense has primarily evolved into a run-first offense setting up the play-action pass and is an offense that is designed to play with the lead. The struggles for the Rams in the passing game have been primarily driven by the lack of consistent options outside of Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. The Rams desperately miss Todd Gurley's elusiveness out of the backfield if nothing more than to keep the defense honest with drawing safety attention over to the running back who is dangerous in open space. Josh Reynolds has been a deep threat for the Rams, but the second-year player has struggled with consistency for the Rams this season. This is a unit that will be critical in the outcome of this game as they need to get back to the high potent offense that we saw earlier this season. The Patriots secondary has been one that is a better unit than the stats show as they have been a victim of garbage time production in several games this season. This is a unit that has allowed the fifth-most attempts allowed, but have the fifth-fewest yards per attempt this season indicating that while teams throw a lot against them on a per-yard basis they are not efficient. From a talent standpoint, this is a team that is extremely dangerous as they primarily play a 4-1-6 Dime defense. This is a veteran unit led by Stephon Gilmore who has emerged as one of the top corners in the league and plays alongside the McCourty twins and Patrick Chung who have played a significant role in undrafted rookie J.C. Jackson's development this season. If there is a weakness on this defense, it would be how the inexperienced Jackson performs in the Super Bowl and he'll mostly matchup against Josh Reynolds, but will see some Brandin Cooks in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Josh Reynolds's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 20 vs NO (7 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
His first target did not come until 5:30 remaining in the first half. He ran a Whip route on 3rd and 4 and was absolutely blanketed by PJ Williams. Goff went to him on the first two plays of the next possession, starting off the two-minute drill with a checkdown and then a quick in cut. He had the biggest play on the ground for the Rams, a beautifully designed End-Around off of a fake Jet Sweep.
2018 Week 19 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
With the conservative gameplan, Josh Reynolds had little to no impact on the game. He was rarely targeted and made just one catch (in the third quarter).
2018 Week 17 vs SF (7 / 4 / 55 / 2 rec)
Goff appears to be getting more comfortable targeting and completing passes to Reynolds. Goff targeted him multiple times in the first half, and Reynolds responded with chunk plays in the pass game. On the opening drive of the third quarter, Goff hit Reynolds on a perfectly executed corner route against man coverage for an 18 yard touchdown. He scored a two-yard touchdown reception on the next drive, running the Out in an Out/Flat concept - one of the Rams' favorite in the redzone/on the goal line.
2018 Week 16 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)
Reynolds was hardly targeted in this game, but both of his receptions were for good gains. His route beating safety from slot on a deep out for 1st catch was very impressive.
2018 Week 15 vs PHI (12 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Reynolds is performing admirably, but the Rams clearly miss Cooper Kupp. Reynolds' production has been fairly steady, but it's clear that defenses don't really fear leaving him in single coverage and don't devote extra attention to him. They'll continue to do so until he and Goff make them pay for it. Reynolds was the recipient of a barrage of Goff targets in the redzone to close out the first half. The Rams were out of timeouts, but it was a really questionable sequence of playcalling. The routes were all well-covered and none of the throws were in play. He had a touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter that was overturned, with the referees ruling that he was down at the one yard line.
2018 Week 14 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Reynolds saw a hearty seven targets, second-most for the Rams, in the loss against Chicago. Reynolds did not log a catch until nearly halftime and late in the game dropped a deep out target by bobbled the ball as he neared the sideline. Reynolds has struggled back-to-back weeks and gets a rebound opportunity against the struggling Eagles secondary next week.
2018 Week 13 vs DET (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
For being a frail-built, he displays a tremendous amount of toughness. He's not afraid to mix things up with linebackers on the second level and is not afraid of contact over the middle. He had potential for a bigger day than the statline suggest. He was targeted on one of Goff's early redzone throws, but got tangled with the coverage as the ball was in the air. He also came open on a Corner route in the second quarter, but the defensive back grabbed him and impeded him from coming out of his break and was flagged for defensive holding.
2018 Week 11 vs KC (8 / 6 / 80 / 1 rec)
Reynolds already had a breakout game a couple of weeks ago when he started in place for an injured Kupp. With Kupp out for the season now, Reynolds will be tasked with a full time role. He and Kupp's skillsets don't match 1:1 but the Rams have adjusted by playing him more outside, with Woods inside more. As a complete WR package, Reynolds isn't better than any of the three guys who have been ahead of him - however he does offer a unique skillset that the Rams haven't really been able to feature in their passgame yet - size/speed/verticality on the outside, someone who can use their bigger frame in the intermediate to deep pass game (Cooks has been the de-facto guy, but his lack of size and strength really hurts him against corner physicality). This was extremely evident on his first touchdown reception. Reynolds was the outside receiver, lined up next to Tyler Higbee. He ran a corner route, while Higbee ran a quick pivot route to the flat - one of the Rams' favorite pass concepts in the redzone, and one they've scored a ton on this year. Reynolds worked through extremely physical coverage (getting jammed at the line and the corner being physical through the route and at the catch point). Even with the corner mugging him, he got enough separation at the top of the route to come down with it for a touchdown.
2018 Week 10 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Kupp was lost late enough in the game that Reynolds did not have a target in the pass game. He did, however, have an impressive block on Cooks' Jet Sweep touchdown. This is important, because the Rams use Kupp so often as a quasi-tight end. His blocking is very important to the offense continuing to function at a high level.
2018 Week 8 vs GB (5 / 3 / 42 / 2 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
He only had three catches, but he made all of them count. He was wide open on his first reception of the game (his longest of the day) on a catch-and-run Shallow Cross where nobody was within 10 yards of him. He was targeted again on the next play, but could not make the catch in a contested situation. He caught his first touchdown reception on a route concept that Cooper Kupp scores on frequently - an outside breaking Whip route, where another underneath receiver running a flat route (Higbee in this case) draws the outside-leveraged coverage. His second touchdown was a very impressive catch-and-run from the 19, where he caught an inside breaking Dig route in traffic in-stride and pulled away right down the middle of the field for a score.
2018 Week 7 vs SF (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Reynolds started for injured Cooper Kupp, but was not a factor in the pass game at all.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Reynolds was the injury replacement for Kupp. The Rams showed that they weren't afraid to go to him. They opened up the second half going to him on the first two pass attempts - a 22 yard dig route that he won on the perimeter and then a 17 yard Deep Over. On the next play, he carried a Jet Sweep for a 10 yard gain. Gurley ended up capping the drive with a short touchdown run.
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