Josh Reynolds

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #83
Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #83

Josh Reynolds News

Agrees to two-year deal

Reynolds has agreed to a two-year extension with the Lions, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the deal carries a maximum value of $12 million. Reynolds, who began the 2021 season with the Titans, joined the Lions as a waiver claim in November and proceeded to record a 19/306/2 stat line in seven games for Detroit. Garafolo indicates that retaining the 2017 fourth-rounder was something the team wanted to get done before free agency and we'd expect that the Lions will continue to add wideout depth as the offseason unfolds.

Mar 8, 2022 9:16 AM EST


Quiet end to season

Reynolds caught one of three targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 37-30 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Reynolds was back in the starting lineup after missing Week 17 due to COVID protocols, and he again logged a majority of the available offensive snaps. However, Amon-Ra St. Brown remained the focal point of the passing game while Reynolds experienced a dip from the six targets he averaged in his previous five games. Even though this was a quiet end to his season, there's still no questioning that Reynolds has been a solid fit with Detroit after the receiver requested his release from Tennessee mid-season. He'll finish his campaign with 19 catches with 306 yards and two scores over seven games with the Lions after managing 90 scoreless yards in five games with the Titans. A reunion in 2022 seems like a mutually beneficial outcome for both Detroit and the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.

Jan 12, 2022 10:29 AM EST



Playing in Week 18

Reynolds (thigh) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Tacked onto the Lions' final Week 18 practice report Friday as limited due to a thigh injury, Reynolds will gut it out as he welcomes Jared Goff (knee) back to the lineup for the first time in three contests. Previously teammates with the Rams, Reynolds and Goff connected 16 times for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts between Weeks 12 and 15.

Jan 9, 2022 8:39 AM EST


Added to injury report

Reynolds (thigh) was added to the injury report Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Reynolds dealt with a thigh injury in December before missing last week's game on the reserve/COVID-19 list. This is likely the same issue cropping up again, though it didn't cost him any games the first time. If Reynolds is out, Kalif Raymond is the favorite for regular snaps alongside Amon-Ra St. Brown, with Trinity Benson and KhaDarel Hodge also in the mix. Reynolds put up a goose egg in his first outing for the Lions, but he's since averaged 3.6 catches for 59.0 yards and 0.4 TDs on 6.0 targets in five games.

Jan 7, 2022 12:22 PM EST


Cleared for Week 18

The Lions activated Reynolds (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Though Reynolds wasn't able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol ahead of Sunday's eventual 51-29 loss to the Seahawks like Detroit head coach Dan Campbell initially hoped, the 26-year-old is on track to rejoin the lineup for this weekend's season finale versus the Packers. Regardless of whether Jared Goff (knee) or Tim Boyle starts at quarterback Week 18, look for Reynolds to serve as no better than the No. 2 option in the passing attack behind rookie wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, who has drawn no fewer than 11 targets in any of the Lions' past five games.

Jan 3, 2022 2:41 PM EST



Not available Week 17

Reynolds (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game in Seattle after the Lions didn't activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Saturday's deadline for week 17 roster moves, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Detroit will be without two of its top three wideouts in Reynolds and Kalif Raymond, who also tested positive for the virus Thursday. Head coach Dan Campbell had been hopeful that Reynolds would be able to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol before Sunday's contest, but the wideout is apparently still symptomatic after a five-day quarantine. With Reynolds and Raymond out, more reps should be available for Tom Kennedy, KhaDarel Hodge and Trinity Benson behind No. 1 wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Jan 2, 2022 5:33 AM EST


Could return this weekend

Coach Dan Campbell said Friday he expects Reynolds (illness) to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Reynolds landed on the COVID-19 list Monday but may be able to rejoin the active roster without missing a game. The 26-year-old took a step back Week 16 with only two receptions for 36 yards as Tim Boyle started at quarterback for Detroit, and Boyle is expected to be under center again Sunday at Seattle.

Dec 31, 2021 9:14 AM EST


Goes on COVID-19 list

The Lions placed Reynolds (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Reynolds' move to the list was merely a formality after head coach Dan Campbell confirmed earlier in the day that the wideout tested positive for the virus. If he's vaccinated, Reynolds will have a chance to test out of the protocols ahead of Sunday's game in Seattle, though his availability for that contest is far from certain.

Dec 27, 2021 1:01 PM EST


Recovering from positive COVID test

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Reynolds tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: Detroit is expected to formally place Reynolds on the reserve/COVID-19 list at some point in the next couple of days. If he's vaccinated, Reynolds will have a chance to test out of the protocols ahead of Sunday's game in Seattle, though his availability for that contest is far from a given. Since he was claimed off waivers from the Titans on Nov. 10, Reynolds has logged at least 63 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in all six of his appearances, stringing together an 18-295-2 receiving line on 33 targets over that stretch.

Dec 27, 2021 11:28 AM EST


Poor chemistry with backup QB

Reynolds caught two of seven targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 20-16 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Reynolds caught 13 of 18 targets over the past three games with Jared Goff (COVID-19) under center, but the chemistry wasn't there with backup QB Tim Boyle under center. Instead, Amon-Ra St. Brown kept rolling in an underneath slot role that has earned him 11 targets in each of the past four weeks. While Reynolds should remain Detroit's top downfield threat down the stretch, expectations for his production should be dampened if Goff is unable to return in Week 17 against Seattle.

Dec 26, 2021 2:37 PM EST


Suiting up in Week 16

Reynolds (thigh) is listed active Sunday in Atlanta.

Analysis: As he did last week, Reynolds followed up three straight limited listings on injury reports and a questionable designation with active standing once game day arrived. Only this time, he'll be operating with Tim Boyle instead of Jared Goff (illness), who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. In his only NFL start back in Week 11 at Cleveland, Boyle mustered 77 yards on 23 pass attempts, so Reynolds and the rest of the Lions receivers may be in store for subdued performances.

Dec 26, 2021 8:39 AM EST


Gets Week 16 questionable tag

The Lions list Reynolds (thigh) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Reynolds was able to practice in a limited capacity all week, which seemingly bodes well for his chances of getting the green light to play Sunday, despite his designation. Rather than the thigh issue, the more troubling development for Reynolds' Week 16 outlook is the likelihood that Tim Boyle will be stepping in at quarterback for regular starter Jared Goff (illness), who isn't expected to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to game day. Boyle managed only 77 passing yards on 23 attempts in his first career NFL start Week 11 against the Browns, a wretched performance that makes it difficult to feel optimistic about any of the Lions' pass catchers' odds of producing fantasy-friendly lines versus Atlanta.

Dec 24, 2021 12:28 PM EST


Reps capped again

Reynolds (thigh) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Reynolds was limited for the second straight day and the fourth consecutive practice overall, but the Lions have yet to suggest the thigh issue will put him at risk of sitting out Sunday in Atlanta. He concluded last week with a pair of limited practices and was listed as questionable ahead of the Lions' game against the Cardinals, but he suited up and finished with six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's upset victory. So long as he continues to practice in some fashion Friday, Reynolds should be in good shape to play against the Falcons, even if he's listed as questionable again.

Dec 23, 2021 1:26 PM EST


Still limited at practice

Reynolds was limited by a thigh injury at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Reynolds capped last week with back-to-back limited sessions and was handed a questionable designation for this past Sunday's game against Arizona. He proceeded to up and handle a slightly reduced workload (63 percent of offensive snaps) on his way to hauling in all six targets for 68 yards and one touchdown in the 30-12 win. Reynolds will have two more chances this week to bump up to full, or else potentially risk entering another weekend with a game-day designation.

Dec 22, 2021 1:39 PM EST


Second TD of season

Reynolds caught six of six targets for 68 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 30-12 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Settling in as a top option in the passing offense, Reynolds now has five targets and 50 receiving yards in four straight games. While Amon-Ra St. Brown is stealing the spotlight with his large role in the underneath passing game, Reynolds' perimeter role is less likely to be affected by the potential return of pass-catching running backs D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (illness) in the near future. In any case, the entire Lions' passing offense will have a solid Week 16 matchup against a Falcons defense that has allowed the 26th most fantasy points to wide receivers this year.

Dec 19, 2021 2:23 PM EST


Active in Week 15

Reynolds (thigh) is listed as active Sunday against the Cardinals.

Analysis: After ending Week 15 prep with back-to-back limited showings in practice and getting tagged as questionable, Reynolds will play through a thigh issue. His previous rapport with Jared Goff when both were members of the Rams has yielded fruit, with the pair connecting on 10 of 17 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown over the last three contests. No other Lion has more receiving yards during that stretch (Amon-Ra St. Brown is second at 182 yards).

Dec 19, 2021 8:36 AM EST


Questionable to face Lions

Reynolds (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Reynolds wasn't on the injury report at the start of the week, but it's a good sign he managed a limited practice Friday after being added to the report Thursday (also as LP). He's been starting and handling an every-down role for the Lions, averaging 2.5 catches for 47.8 yards on 5.0 targets over the past four games. An absence this Sunday would free up snaps for Kalif Raymond, and possibly Tom Kennedy, KhaDarel Hodge or Trinity Benson.

Dec 17, 2021 1:08 PM EST


Dealing with thigh injury

Reynolds was limited at Thursday's practice due to a thigh issue.

Analysis: Reynolds is making a sudden appearance on the Lions' Week 15 injury report, which occasionally implies a health concern picked up during the week and potentially even on the practice field. Friday's report could clear up his status in advance of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Since getting blanked on three targets in his debut with Detroit in Week 11, Reynolds has gathered in 10 of 17 targets for 191 yards and one touchdown over the last three contests.

Dec 16, 2021 2:30 PM EST


Three catches in loss

Reynolds caught three of five targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: While he didn't see a lot of volume, Reynolds was able to make a bit of an impact as a downfield option for Jared Goff. The wideout has topped 50 yards in three straight games, posting a 10-191-1 line on 17 targets over that stretch and giving him some deep-league fantasy appeal heading into a Week 15 clash with the Cardinals.

Dec 12, 2021 6:52 PM EST


Totals 69 yards

Reynolds caught four of seven targets for 69 yards during Sunday's 29-27 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Reynolds got open for a number of decent gains and ultimately finished third in targets behind T.J. Hockenson and rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who set season highs in nearly every receiving category. However, St. Brown primarily worked underneath whereas Reynolds again seemed like the top perimeter option. While the floor is low for any receiver in this poor Lions offense, Reynolds seems seems to be emerging as Detroit's highest-upside fantasy option outside of Hockenson and D'Andre Swift (shoulder).

Dec 5, 2021 5:01 PM EST


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