Craig Reynolds

Detroit Lions
Running Back #13
Detroit Lions
Running Back #13

Craig Reynolds News

Three carries in season finale

Reynolds rushed three times for two yards during Sunday's 37-30 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Reynolds was in the starting lineup with fellow tailback D'Andre Swift but both ended up finishing well behind Jamaal Williams in carries. Making matters worse for Reynolds is that he only went on to log five more offensive snaps en route to an unsubstantial stat line. He'll thus finish the season with 55 carries for 230 rushing yards while catching seven of eight targets for 52 receiving yards despite not joining the active roster until Week 14. While he should remain in a complementary role next season considering each of he, Swift and Williams remain under contract in 2022, Reynolds' 26-carry, 112-yard performance in Week 15 at least showed that he can be a worthwhile fantasy option if the Lions ever need him to lead the backfield.

Jan 10, 2022 12:35 PM EST


Quiet in No. 3 role

Reynolds rushed four times for four yards during Sunday's 51-29 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Reynolds got a handful of touches throughout the game, but the return of D'Andre Swift predictably pushed Reynolds into a tertiary role. With no injuries to report for either of Swift or Jamaal Williams, Reynolds will presumably remain that way in Week 18 against Green Bay.

Jan 3, 2022 10:37 AM EST



Role reduction on tap

Reynolds is expected to drop to third on the depth chart for Sunday's game against the Seahawks with lead back D'Andre Swift (shoulder) making his return to the lineup following a four-game absence, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: After serving as Detroit's lead back Weeks 14 and 15, Reynolds moved into a more reduced role in the Week 16 loss to Atlanta with Jamaal Williams making his return from a two-game absence. Williams (19 carries, zero catches) and Reynolds (11 carries, three receptions) both picked up double-digit touches in the 20-16 loss while operating in a timeshare, but the addition of Swift to the backfield mix will cut into the workloads of both players in a significant way. Williams is the safer bet to operate as the No. 2 option behind Swift, and when both players have been available this season, there typically haven't been many snaps or touches left over the Lions' other backs.

Dec 31, 2021 4:42 PM EST


14 touches in complementary role

Reynolds rushed 11 times for 29 yards while catching three of four targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 20-16 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Despite moving into a secondary role with Jamaal Williams back in action, Reynolds still saw a decent workload while easily topping the zero targets Williams saw in the passing game. However, not including a game-high 14 yard scamper by Williams, Detroit running backs collectively averaged 3.7 scoreless yards per carry as the offense initially struggled to do much with backup Tim Boyle under center. While the return of Jared Goff (COVID-19) could help open up the run game, Reynolds' Week 16 workload against Seattle will depend on the health of D'Andre Swift (shoulder), who returned to practice this past week and seems to be trending in the right direction.

Dec 26, 2021 2:20 PM EST


Getting another chance with Swift out

Reynolds and Jamaal Williams will serve as the Lions' primary running backs for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Reynolds received a majority share of the running back reps over the last two games with Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list and D'Andre Swift in recovery mode from an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. Williams is back in action Sunday, while Swift will miss his fourth game in a row. It remains to be seen the breakdown of snaps between Reynolds and Williams, but the former notched 40 touches for 216 yards between Weeks 14 and 15.

Dec 26, 2021 9:02 AM EST



Stellar performance rewarded

The Lions signed Reynolds to the 53-man roster Monday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Perhaps more importantly, the transaction inks Reynolds with Detroit through 2022, a much-deserved development after the Kutztown product amassed 216 total yards in his last two appearances. D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and/or Jamaal Williams (illness) could be back in action for Week 16 against a Falcons defense that's proven susceptible to the run, but Reynolds appears to have played his way into the No. 3 backfield role at the very least.

Dec 20, 2021 9:07 AM EST


Runs over Cardinals

Reynolds rushed 26 times for 112 yards while catching his only target for five yards during Sunday's 30-12 win over Arizona.

Analysis: With D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (illness) sidelined again, Reynolds carried the load for Detroit while Jermar Jefferson (five carries for nine yards) spelled him on occasion. The Kutztown product now has 216 total yards over the past week and has quickly shown that the team might have made a mistake in cutting him in favor of Jefferson this fall. While it's possible that Swift and/or Williams could return in Week 16 against Atlanta, it otherwise seems like Reynolds could get a heavy workload against a Falcons defense that ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.

Dec 19, 2021 1:54 PM EST


Jumps to active roster

The Lions elevated Reynolds from the practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Jamaal Williams (illness) wasn't among the Lions activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he'll be sidelined for a second consecutive contest Sunday against the Cardinals. With D'Andre Swift (shoulder) also ruled out, Reynolds could be in line for a similar workload to the one he handled last Sunday in Denver, when he turned a 45 percent share of snaps into 13 touches for 99 yards from scrimmage. As for the rest of the Detroit backfield, Godwin Igwebuike notched eight carries on a 45 percent share, while Jermar Jefferson didn't receive a touch on five percent of those plays.

Dec 18, 2021 1:27 PM EST


Splitting first-team reps

Reynolds and Jermar Jefferson took the bulk of the first-team reps at running back during Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Reynolds could be looking at another heightened workload this weekend with both of D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (COVID-19) looking unlikely to play. However, with Jefferson further removed from having the flu as well as a thigh injury, his upside could be capped by a committee approach. There's also the risk that there aren't many carries to be split up in the first place if Detroit's weak offense struggles to extend drives against Arizona's fourth-ranked scoring defense this Sunday.

Dec 16, 2021 7:31 PM EST


Surprise leading rusher

Reynolds carried the ball 11 times for 83 yards and caught both his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson were expected to lead the Detroit backfield in the absence of D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (COVID-19), but instead it was Reynolds who emerged as the most effective rusher for the team just one day after being promoted from the practice squad. He came into Sunday with only two career touches in the NFL, both coming at the end of last season for the Jaguars, but the 25-year-old may have earned a permanent spot on the Lions' roster for the rest of 2021 with this performance. Whether he has any further fantasy value will depend on how quickly Swift and Williams are back in the lineup, however.

Dec 12, 2021 6:46 PM EST


Elevated from practice squad

Reynolds was promoted to the Lions' active roster for Week 14, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports

Analysis: Reynolds and fellow practice squad elevation Rodney Smith will provide depth with starting running backs D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (undisclosed) both out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Detroit is very thin at running back and will likely lean on Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson who combined for seven carries last week against Minnesota.

Dec 11, 2021 3:01 PM EST


Could be promoted

Reynolds could find his way to the active roster Sunday against the Broncos, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Reynolds last saw the field in 2020 with the Jaguars, but with D'Andre Swift (shoulder) out and Jamaal Williams placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, the Lions are getting thin at running back. Even if Reynolds does suit up, his workload is likely to be limited to non-existent as he'll still be behind Godwin Igwebuike and Jermer Jefferson on the running back depth chart.

Dec 10, 2021 5:23 PM EST


Cut by Detroit

Reynolds was released by the Lions on Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Reynolds was a feel-good preseason storyline in Detroit given his impressive preseason production despite signing with the team the day before the exhibition opener. While his efforts ultimately weren't enough to convince the team to give him a roster spot, it wouldn't be a surprise if Reynolds were to get a chance on the practice squad.

Aug 31, 2021 8:18 AM EST


Quiet finish to preseason

Reynolds rushed four times for nine yards while catching one pass for 10 yards during Friday's preseason game against the Colts. He also gained 24 yards on one kickoff return.

Analysis: After rushing for 87 yards with two scores in the first two exhibition games, Reynolds had a quiet finish to the preseason as Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike carried the load for Detroit at running back. Considering Igwebuike was also more productive than Reynolds at kick returner, Reynolds will be a surprise to make the roster, but he may have shown enough to earn a spot on the practice squad.

Aug 28, 2021 11:40 AM EST


Serious contender for roster spot

The Lions plan to give Reynolds more reps on special teams in Friday's preseason finale as they assess whether to keep him on the final roster, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: After reportedly having to introduce himself to teammates in the huddle during Detroit's preseason opener before rushing for 49 yards and a score, Reynolds again led the Lions in rushing while again finding the end zone in last weekend's preseason tilt against Pittsburgh. It's not clear if the 25-year-old could be threatening Jermar Jefferson for the No. 3 job at running back, but Reynolds may have a leg up on Dedrick Mills and Godwin Igwebuike for a possible No. 4 role, especially if he can contribute on special teams.

Aug 26, 2021 7:53 AM EST


Finds end zone in Lions debut

Reynolds rushed six times for 49 yards and a touchdown during Friday's 16-15 preseason loss to the Bills.

Analysis: After trying out for Detroit on Thursday, Reynolds didn't take long to begin making a name for himself with his 24-yard touchdown scamper Friday. While the Kutztown product was largely playing against third-stringers by the time he checked into the game - and fellow depth running back Dedrick Mills (five carries, 32 yards) also made some plays - Reynolds is at least making a strong case for a spot on the practice squad.

Aug 14, 2021 8:26 AM EST


Joins Detroit's backfield

The Lions signed Reynolds to a contract Thursday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Reynolds appeared in two games with the Jaguars in 2020, in which he took his sole carry for four yards. He also secured his only target for three receiving yards. With D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jermar Jefferson (ankle) both dealing with injuries, Reynolds could fill in for reserve reps at camp.

Aug 12, 2021 8:13 AM EST


Cut by Jaguars

The Jaguars released Reynolds on Wednesday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Reynolds signed a reserve/future contract with the Jags back in January, but he was cut when the new league year began. With James Robinson (ankle) and Carlos Hyde under contract for the 2021 season, Reynolds wouldn't have played on offense anyway. The 24-year-old will seek a depth role on the open market.

Mar 17, 2021 2:26 PM EST


Remaining with Jags into 2021

Reynolds agreed to a reserve/future contract with the Jaguars on Monday, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Reynolds ended the campaign with two game appearances, collecting his only offensive work Week 16 against the Bears via a three-yard reception and a four-yard rush. The 24-year-old also suited up three times for Washington during 2019, but his involvement was restricted to special teams.

Jan 4, 2021 5:28 PM EST


Bumped down to practice squad

Reynolds reverted to the Jaguars' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Reynolds registered two touches over three offensive snaps Sunday during a loss to the Bears, collecting four yards on his lone rush attempt while hauling in a Mike Glennon pass for a three-yard gain. A Week 16 appearance marked Reynolds' second of the 2020 campaign, and he could get another opportunity in the season finale against Indianapolis given that James Robinson (ankle) is currently dealing with an injury.

Dec 28, 2020 5:21 PM EST


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