With a year of experience under his belt, don’t be surprised if Josh Reynolds ends up being a secret weapon for the Los Angeles Rams in 2018.
Entering the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams knew it was a priority to build a better offense around Jared Goff at quarterback, especially in the wide receiver department. As much as Goff struggled the year before as a rookie after failing to earn a single win in seven starts, the former California star deserved some benefit of the doubt.
Since the Rams didn’t exactly do that great of a job building a reliable offense around Goff, Sean McVay and company were hoping to use the draft in 2017 to at least improve the receiving corps, which they certainly did with Cooper Kupp.
However, as much of an impact as Kupp made as a rookie last season, and should continue to do so during his 2018 campaign, another young receiver to keep an eye on moving forward is Josh Reynolds.
After using a third rounder on Kupp in 2017, Los Angeles used the following round to land the former Texas A&M standout, and even though Reynolds saw limited action as a rookie, early signs point to a much larger role in 2018.
As a rookie, Reynolds was unfortunately deep down on the roster for the Rams at receiver, but with guys like Sammy Watkins and Tavon Austin no longer part of the picture, all of that is about to change.
Even if there was some concern over the recent news that Reynolds suffered a torn labrum in the playoffs that required surgery this offseason, the Rams wideout seems confident enough that all will be just fine in the long run.
Plus, with OTAs recently getting underway, Los Angeles should feel even more confident about the chances of Reynolds taking on a larger workload in 2018 since these next few months can be spent developing the necessary chemistry with Goff at quarterback.
Watching the Rams emerge out of nowhere with the of the league’s top offenses last season was truly amazing, and while there’s a ton of potential for the unit to do the same once again in 2018, Reynolds could even help them hit a whole new level.
Keep in mind that Los Angeles never would have considered the selection of Reynolds back in 2017 if they didn’t believe he had the potential to be a valuable part of the offense at some point, so it will be interesting to see how all this plays out come September when it comes to what kind of role he has.