With Sammy Watkins out, it’s time for Josh Reynolds to step up for Rams

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 17: Wide receiver Josh Reynolds
AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 17: Wide receiver Josh Reynolds /

After Sammy Watkins will reportedly sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s time for Josh Reynolds to step up on offense for the Los Angeles Rams.

Around this time last year, the Los Angeles Rams doing everything in their power to improve the passing game after seeing all of the struggles surrounding Jared Goff as a rookie in 2016 since other than Todd Gurley, the former California star didn’t really have that much to work with on offense. As soon as free agency got underway, the Rams made a splash by signing Robert Woods to a five-year deal, and when the NFL Draft rolled around in April, the team continued to build up the offense by selecting key underrated players in Cooper Kupp (third round) along with Josh Reynolds (fourth round).

When looking at the impact Kupp was able to make as a rookie this past season, nobody needs to explain to Los Angeles fans just how much of a steal it was to land the Eastern Washington product. But when it came Reynolds, the once Texas A&M standout wasn’t fortunate enough to have as much success as Kupp during his rookie campaign, mainly due to the fact that he didn’t receive as much playing time.

In a way, it was kind of ironic to see a team in Los Angeles that had such a weak receiving corps in 2016 go from having so many weapons the following year, it was difficult for Reynolds to see consistent action on the field. But between Sammy Watkins agreeing to join the Kansas City Chiefs along with Tavon Austin expected to be out of the picture, 2018 is shaping up to be the perfect opportunity for Reynolds to step up and shine in the passing game for the Rams.

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There’s a reason why Los Angeles truly believed they landed a steal in Reynolds in the fourth round of last year’s draft, after the wideout caught 164 passes for 2,788 yards to go along with 30 touchdowns during his final three years with the Aggies. Now that he’s got a year of NFL experience under his belt, just imagine the potential surrounding Reynolds heading into his sophomore campaign if he can find a way to make a similar impact like he did at Texas A&M, especially with Watkins out of the picture.