Detroit Lions Josh Reynolds reveals challenge of Dan Campbell offense.
For Josh Reynolds, the past three weeks have been all about adapting on the fly.
The fifth-year recipient was subject to waivers after his release by the Tennessee Titans. He has played two games since moving to Detroit, catching three passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.
While trying to adjust – and quickly – he said Lions wide receiver coach Antwaan Randle El has been a huge win.
“Juice,” Reynolds replied when asked what brought Randle El into the reception room. “I have a lot of energy and he brings it every day. He’s a great coach and he’s a good guy. ”
Texas A & M’s product has set itself the task of detecting the crime quickly. In a team that is looking forward to depth with the wide receiver, his talent makes him one of the best in the squad. The sooner he finds out, the better for the Lions.
In his career, Reynolds has caught 126 passes for 1,610 yards and 10 touchdowns. This is a skilled work that other Lions recipients such as rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown and young wideouts Caliph Raymond and KhaDarel Hodge have not.
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But first it’s about learning the playbook.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” Reynolds said of the toughest parts of learning a playbook. “A little bit of everything. Mostly the little details on the routes, or two meters outside the numbers instead of three and such. I just have to somehow turn my brain around and hear a dig, and now I have to be a certain distance of meters outside. ”
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Reynolds was also assisted in his trial by Lions quarterback Jared Goff, who was his caller when the two were playing for the Los Angeles Rams. Both are in their freshman year as Lions, so they are working together to learn the nuances of head coach Dan Campbell’s playbook.
“He can compare it to the Rams’ playbook,” Reynolds said. “The Rams offensive. ‘That’s so.’ So he helps a lot. ”
The two former Rams scored for a 39-yard touchdown on the Lions’ first drive in Week 12. The moment was important because it showed the chemistry the duo maintained.
“It’s great to be able to regain that confidence factor and start hitting those downfield passes,” said Reynolds. “Because that ultimately opens up the short game and the running game, so I think it’s great for the offensive.”
Challenges of game planning without D’Andre Swift
Losing a player of D’Andre Swift’s caliber is sure to have an impact on the Lions offensive.
For Campbell and the coaching team, this is an opportunity for other members of the squad to show their skills.
“Everyone is injured and has been for years,” said Campbell.
“Look, it’s not easy to replace a guy like him, as dynamic as he was. You’re making a good point, and I really think it’s going to be that the production is now done by committee, “said Campbell.