WR Josh Reynolds - Los Angeles Rams
|6-3, 194||Born: 2-16-1995||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 4, pick 117 (2017)|
2019 Week 8 vs CIN (8 / 3 / 73 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Reynolds benefited from an early-game Brandin Cooks concussion exit for his best game of the season. Reynolds saw a hearty eight targets, including his highlight seam touchdown. Reynolds also had a yards-after-catch-infused reception called back and a third-down drop to prevent his stat line from ballooning to more than 100 yards on the day. Reynolds also corralled a small window reception down the seam for more than 25 yards and was stuffed on a reverse. The Week 9 bye allowed additional time for Brandin Cooks to be cleared for a return to play from concussion, but Reynolds stands to benefit if Cooks is not ready for Week 10 against the Steelers.
2019 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Reynolds saw an elevated role with Brandin Cooks missing Week 10 with his most recent concussion. Reynolds was a relative afterthought with a mere five targets, however, as Robert Woods and Gerald Everett were clearly preferred options for the Rams. Reynolds broke multiple tackles on his lone highlight play for 20 yards and was invisible for much of the game until a final drive short reception.
2019 Week 11 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Reynolds doubled any other Rams receiver in targets, six, in the low volume passing attack against the Bears. Reynolds had a long touchdown called back by penalty and a wide-open deep crossing route missed by an errant Jared Goff throw. Reynolds had a huge third-down conversion late in the game amidst some of his missed opportunities. Reynolds benefitted from no Robert Woods or Brandin Cooks in the lineup this week.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2017 Week 12 vs NO (6 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
The 4th round rookie draft pick made the most of his expanded role due to the injury to Robert Woods as Reynolds took a slant route and found a soft spot in the zone in which Goff patiently waited for him to get open. Reynolds was on the field for 84% of the plays in this game and seemed to be a possession receiver for short to intermediate routes in this game.
2017 Week 13 vs ARI (6 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
After a tremendous first game, Reynolds came back down in this game as while he had six targets in this game he was not able to get anything going in this game as he had just two receptions for a total of six yards as the routes he was running were often very short and quick trying to utilize his 6'3'' frame. Reynolds did have two targets in the red zone including one in which he caught the ball at the one-yard line but unfortunately came up just short of finding the end-zone on a very nice play made by Tramon Williams. Reynolds was still on the field for 75% of the snaps in this game, and should continue to see playing time until Robert Woods returns from injury.