‘I name him the praying mantis’

The Lions’ depth chart at vast receiver has a cut-and-dry high three with Amon-Ra St. Brown, free-agent acquisition D.J. Chark and No. 12 general decide Jameson Williams as soon as his ACL totally recovers, however that hasn’t stopped head coach Dan Campbell from being bullish on wideout Josh Reynolds.

“I like this man, I am form of shopping for inventory on him,” Campbell instructed reporters on Saturday. “I believe he might have an enormous 12 months. He is a clean athlete and he is a grinder, he is good and Jared (Goff) trusts him. And so I can not say sufficient about that room usually, and he is an enormous piece of that.”

Reynolds joined the Lions halfway by 2021 after the Tennessee Titans launched him. He amassed 19 receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns in seven video games with the group.

Past Reynolds’ late-season contributions, his rapport with Goff due to 4 years spent collectively in Los Angeles was seemingly a significant component within the group bringing him again on a two-year deal.

Reynolds needed to slowly carve out a supporting function behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods as a Rams fourth-round decide, however when referred to as upon he displayed positive fingers and a knack for locating holes in opposing defenses.

Goff related with him for 113 receptions, 1,450 yards and 9 touchdowns throughout their time collectively on the West Coast.

Now with half of a season beneath his belt within the Midwest, Reynolds is effectively on his option to discovering one more supplementary function, incomes descriptors like “clean” and “grinder” from his head coach.

After all, a persona like Campbell cannot cease there when enamored with the event of one among his gamers.

“I am going to let you know what, he is completely different now,” Campbell mentioned, persevering with to explain Reynolds. “He is a unique athlete. He is slippery, man. I name him the praying mantis. He is a spider of dying. He is simply — there’s one thing about him. Freaking serpent. So, I like the place he is at proper now. I actually do, I am glad we bought him.”

Mantis, spider, serpent — no matter his spirit animal — Reynolds rounds out a WR corps that’s able to supporting Goff in an important 12 months for each the quarterback and the group.

Detroit had a gritty squad final 12 months, going 3-13-1 however shedding six video games by only one possession. If a number of bounces go their method, the 2022 Lions having items like Reynolds makes them able to turning heads — which is healthier than what mantises are identified to do with them.