While Cooper Kupp continues to make progress, Josh Reynolds continues to give the Los Angeles Rams great insurance at wideout.
As soon as Cooper Kupp went down with a torn ACL in the second half of last season, the Los Angeles Rams seemed confident right away that Josh Reynolds was capable of stepping up in his teammate’s absence.
Similar to Kupp, Reynolds was viewed as a potential steal during the draft in 2017 when the Rams decided to use a fourth-round pick on the former Texas A&M star to provide some much-needed help to the receiving department.
Over the last two seasons, Reynolds hasn’t seen nearly as much action as Kupp since Sean McVay seemed most comfortable running a three-receiver set, but the second half of last year is the perfect example of what the young wideout can bring to the table when needed.
Now that Reynolds has two years of NFL experience under his belt, and is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he managed to start eight games (appeared in every game), one can only imagine what year three will have in store.
With training camp recently getting underway for the Rams and every other team across the league, Reynolds has already been one of the individuals standing out for Los Angeles, which should make the team feel even more confident about 2019.
Rightfully so, as long as Kupp remains healthy enough to play each week, he’s going to be the No. 3 wideout on offense for the Rams.
But since the last thing Los Angeles can afford to do is overwork their key receiver in Kupp, no one would be surprised if McVay found ways to get Reynolds more involved on offense in 2019 to help take some of the pressure off Kupp on offense.
Keep in mind there’s a reason why the Rams wanted to keep Reynolds around heading into last season since they clearly know what he’s capable of with his set of skills when given the right opportunity.
Reynolds would obviously love nothing more than to be considered a full-time starter in this high-powered offense of the Rams, but also he seems to completely understand his role.
Whether Los Angeles views him as an insurance policy in case things go south with Kupp or simply finds ways to work him into more plays each week, one thing is certain, which is the Rams and their fans should be excited for another year of Reynolds.