Despite Cooper Kupp’s return, Josh Reynolds could still have career year in 2019

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Even with Cooper Kupp expected to be ready to go for Week 1, the Los Angeles Rams should still find a way to get Josh Reynolds involved as much as possible in 2019.

Once Cooper Kupp suffered a torn ACL in the middle of last season, the Los Angeles Rams knew right away that Josh Reynolds was capable of filling in during the wideout’s absence since this was part of the reason the team kept him around.

Even though Reynolds didn’t turn out to be as consistent as Kupp, the former Texas A&M star still came up big on numerous occasions for the Rams, including two games consisting of multiple trips into the end zone.

Over the last two years when Kupp has been healthy, Reynolds has seen limited action on the football field since Sean McVay seemed more comfortable running his offense with a three-receiver set most times.

But after seeing what Reynolds was capable of when given the opportunity during his sophomore campaign, it will be interesting to see if McVay and the Rams make any sort of adjustments for the 2019 season to make sure the wideout continues to be more involved on offense.

As bad as it sounds, no one would be surprised if Reynolds ended up seeing some extra action early on in 2019 just to help Kupp ease his way back into the offense since the last thing Los Angeles wants to do is overwork the Eastern Washington product early on.

With all this in mind, why shouldn’t Rams fans feel confident enough in Reynolds putting together a career year during his third NFL season?

After hauling in 29 catches for 402 yards with five touchdowns in 2018, topping these numbers with significant playing time this upcoming season shouldn’t be an issue at all for Reynolds.

Jared Goff was already fortunate enough to have a solid trio of receivers to work with in the passing game consisting of Kupp, Brandin Cooks, and Robert Woods, but an increased role for Reynolds could help make the Rams quarterback’s job a little easier.

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Plus, with all of the uncertainty surrounding Todd Gurley heading into training camp due to his knee, Los Angeles may need all of the extra help possible from guys like Reynolds, meaning a career season shouldn’t be ruled out one bit for the 2019 season.