Los Angeles Rams Rookie Ready For The Spotlight

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Updated: November 27, 2017

The injury to Robert Woods created the first bit of uncertainty on the Rams offense this season. Woods may not have been putting up Antonio Brown numbers but he still leads the team with 704 receiving yards. Sean McVay is all about democratizing the offense and Sunday was an excellent example why. With Woods out someone needed to step up and many had figured it’d be Tavon Austin’s time to shine.

After all, if untapped potential were a stat Austin would be in the top three of all time. That didn’t come to pass as rookie Josh Reynolds stepped up. Josh Reynolds proved that he’s ready to join fellow rookie Cooper Kupp as a key cog in the offense. Reynolds is now on his way to being a viable downfield threat for a Rams’ offense that has so many.

Josh Reynolds was drafted in the fourth round out of Texas A & M in large part because of his 6’3 frams. The receiving corps while effective doesn’t have much length. This was also the reasoning behind the drafting of Cooper Kupp. While Kupp was also selected because of his hands, Josh Reynolds also had the ability to break out on deep routes.

Kupp immediately stepped into the line up while Reynolds needed extra time to grow into the position. His place on the team was tossed further into flux with the addition of Sammy Watkins in August because now the Rams had someone to go deep. Prior to the win over the Saints yesterday, Reynolds had only amassed five catches, 28 yards, and no touchdowns. Sunday he had 37 yards and caught a touchdown in the end zone.

Sunday’s performance wasn’t that much of a breakout on the stat sheet but it was on the depth chart. Tavon Austin once again proved that he might be serviceable as a runner but isn’t a viable receiving option.

That point might feel belabored but with his contract being worth $42 million it bears repeating. Josh Reynolds has the size and speed to be a viable deep threat. The Rams have done a great job integrating their three rookie receivers (Kupp and tight end Gerald Everett) into the offense and this trend should continue.

Jared Goff now has another weapon that can attack the field in a manner that Rams haven’t quite had this season. Kupp and Woods are dependable hands with excellent route running skills. Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee are tight ends who can break it deep and Sammy Watkins is the guy Goff turns to when he wants to bomb it deep.

Josh Reynolds is big enough to beat smaller corners in one on one situations and is a great end zone target. The Rams are now gearing up for a major playoff push and now that Josh Reynolds has stepped up teams will have someone else to give them fits.

 

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