LA Rams submit claim lose WR Josh Reynolds to Lions

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If you are of the opinion that the LA Rams may need reinforcements at the wide receiver position, you are not alone. In fact, you are in very credible company. No, I’m not trying to toot my own horn, albeit we believe that more troops will be drafted very soon to reinforce the position.

We’re talking about the LA Rams organization itself. You see, the team submitted a claim on their former offensive weapon when he was released by the Tennessee Titans. It was a wise move, as the team has lost three players from that position since their initial 53-man roster. And the player that the team was interested in adding to the roster is none other than their former wide receiver, Josh Reynolds, who was recently released from the Tennessee Titans.

So why didn’t he end up with the LA Rams? The rules in the NFL are that players are awarded to the worst team, which meant that the LA Rams lost out to the Detroit Lions, who had also submitted a claim for the young man.

Reynolds had asked to be released in circumstances that are remarkably similar to that of veteran DeSean Jackson and Odell Beckham Jr.

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When he signed on with the Titans, his role was expected to be much larger. But the Titans added veteran Julio Jones, pushing Reynolds down the depth chart. In fact, after eight weeks of football, Reynolds only saw action on 142 offensive snaps. For the year, he had caught 10 of 13 passes thrown his way for 90 yards.

While he will reunite with his former quarterback Jared Goff, Reynolds will no longer be playing in Rams HC Sean McVay’s system, an offensive playbook that seemed to be a custom fit for Reynolds skillsets.

With Josh Reynolds now off the market, the LA Rams will need to continue to shop for help at the position. Of course, Odell Beckham Jr. is the wide receiver everyone is talking about. Where are the LA Rams in that developing narrative?

The idea of a fast signing truly benefitted the likelihood of OBJ signing to another team. Now that everything has slowed down, that bodes well for the Rams front office, because they typically vet their players somewhat thoroughly.

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