Every season, it seems like the Los Angeles Rams need offensive playmakers. Every season, the Rams offense seems to take a step back.
With the offense being ranked the worst in the NFL, there’s no more backpedaling left.
With Rams GM Les Snead confirming at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine that they’ll allow their 1,000-yard receiver Kenny Britt to walk away during free agency and their pet project Brian Quick not showing much production during his prove-it last season, it appears that once again the Rams will have a glaring hole at receiver.
Enter Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds.
Catching radius is probably the best in the class
Uses his hands to get off of press coverage
Red zone threat
Found ways to catch defenders and gain separation from them on deep patterns
Quick out of his breaks and runs clean routes
Finds ways around press by using his hands
He creates enough seperation
Makes catches in traffic and catches the ball at its highest point
Because of his thin frame he can be bullied at times
Long strider that has to build his speed
Has frustrating drops on routine catches
Doesn't produce much on screens and quick catches
Key Traits: Catching radius
This clip is from the Senior Bowl practice, Reynolds shows the cornerback his signature jab step off the line and runs his comeback route. At the top of the route he suddenly pumps his breaks and comes back instantly looking up for the ball. He notices that the ball is in the air and it’s thrown behind him, so naturally he shows his body control in the air and his catching radius reaching behind his body for the reception.
Josh Reynolds does it again. pic.twitter.com/YMLAJiPYeB— Tevin B (@T_Bron) January 26, 2017
Here is Reynolds showing that he not only has a great catching radius but he can make contested catches as well.
He jab steps and creates some separation from the cornerback . The ball is thrown up for a 50/50 ball and it is thrown right behind the defender. He jumps up and uses his body control while being touched by the defender and catches the ball with his hands and comes down with two feet in bounds.
February 20, 2017
What type of player is Reynolds?
Out of all of the mid-round receivers that I have watched clips of, Reynolds has caught my eye the most. He catches contested passes like a boss. When the ball is in the air Reynolds turns into a 70/30 receiver, when the ball is around him, just assume that it’s going to be a catch.
Reynolds is a boundary receiver that should only play on the outside. He doesn’t provide as much yards after the catch as some of the other receivers in the draft will, but he will make tough catches and at times win down the field.
He should develop into a good second option.
How Would Reynolds Fit On The Rams?
The Rams need a player that has a good catching radius, so that Goff can have a security blanket. Goff needs a player that will be an accuracy eraser and Reynolds could be that guy for the young QB. There's not a player on the roster that can adjust to the ball in the air like Reynolds does routinely.