Josh Reynolds

Josh Reynolds

Wide Receiver #83
Team: Los Angeles Rams
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 194 lb.
College:Texas A&M
Age:25
Born:February 16, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 4 (117)
Draft Team:LAR

Josh Reynolds: No lock to climb depth chart

Reynolds will compete for playing time this season with 2020 second-round selection Van Jefferson (foot), Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Interestingly, after receiving a vote of confidence from head coach Sean McVay in early April, the organization selected Jefferson in the second round Friday. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are locked in as the top two receivers on the depth chart, and there's no guarantee Reynolds maintains his position as the No. 3 receiver throughout the season. The 2017 third-round pick has received chances to prove himself over the first three years of his career but has failed to fully capitalize on his opportunities. It will be important to monitor Jefferson's health entering the season after he underwent foot surgery in February. If the rookie is healthy, Reynolds' fantasy value will probably take a hit.

April 25, 2020 10:56 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Earns McVay's confidence

Coach Sean McVay said Reynolds is a starting-caliber receiver, Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star reports.

Analysis: McVay also mentioned that the recent trade sending Brandin Cooks to Houston could be interpreted as a "big vote of confidence" in Reynolds, who has started 11 of 48 games in three pro seasons. He's averaging 3.3 catches for 46 yards and 0.55 TDs on 5.8 targets as a starter, logging more than 80 percent of offensive snaps in 10 of the 11 games. It's possible the No. 3 WR role comes with less playing time in 2020, as the decision to trade Cooks could also lead to increased use of multi-TE formations, a strategy that McVay mostly shied away from the past few seasons. In any case, Reynolds has a nice opportunity ahead of him as he prepares for the fourth and final season of his rookie contract.

April 21, 2020 12:22 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: In line for more snaps?

Reynolds is a candidate for more work in 2020 following the trade of Brandin Cooks from the Rams to the Texans, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Rams still boast a formidable wide receiver duo of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, but their consistent use of 11 personnel (i.e. utilizing three-wide sets) under Sean McVay implies a bigger role for Reynolds. Even after pacing the NFL by trotting out the formation 89 percent of the time in 2018, L.A.'s offense ranked third last season at 73 percent. Additionally, the combined loss of Cooks and Todd Gurley opens up 121 targets from what was the fourth-ranked passing attack in 2019. Reynolds isn't close to the deep threat that is Cooks, but the former has been productive when on the field the past two campaigns, averaging 7.6 YPT and scoring six TDs on 96 targets.

April 15, 2020 4:01 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Shut out in season finale

Reynolds failed to catch his only target during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona.

Analysis: The third-year receiver had another underwhelming season with just 21 receptions for 326 yards and a single touchdown. Reynolds spent the majority of the year as the No. 4 wideout for the Rams, and while he averaged 42 offensive snaps per contest over the final nine games of the campaign, his only meaningful fantasy showing came in Week 8 when he caught three of eight targets for 73 yards and his lone score. With Los Angeles returning all four of its top receivers in 2020, Reynolds is unlikely to show significant statistical improvement without a roster shakeup or an injury to one of the pass catchers ahead of him on the depth chart.

January 3, 2020 1:16 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Hauls in 24-yard catch

Reynolds caught two of three targets for 32 yards during Saturday's 34-31 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Reynolds played 29 of 70 offensive snaps, which was the fewest of Los Angeles' top four receivers for the second consecutive week. He did show off in space again Saturday by rattling off 23 yards after the catch on his 24-yard reception in the first quarter -- his eighth of over 20 yards this season. The third-year wideout could receive more playing time next week against the Cardinals with nothing on the line.

December 23, 2019 8:57 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Relegated role against Cowboys

Reynolds caught two of his four targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 44-21 loss to Dallas. He played 26 of 73 offensive snaps.

Analysis: After receiving the second most playing time among Los Angeles receivers last week, Reynolds ranked fourth among Rams' wideouts Sunday. He continues to show well when given opportunities, but his role is both small and inconsistent, so he's an unreliable fantasy asset in most formats. It's definitely worth noting that he showed off in open space again taking a short pass for 28 yards.

December 16, 2019 4:40 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Shows off in running game

Reynolds rushed three times for 29 yards during Sunday's 28-12 win over Seattle.

Analysis: Interestingly, Reynolds didn't receive a target despite being on the field for the second most offensive snaps among all Los Angeles receivers. So, while it was encouraging to see him run well in open space, he's still not making a big enough fantasy impact to be relied on in most settings. However, the increased snap count is notable and worth keeping tabs on because Reynolds could gain value before the end of the season.

December 9, 2019 11:24 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Makes most of playing time

Reynolds caught four of his five targets for 39 yards during Sunday's 34-7 win over Arizona. He played just 29 of 79 offensive snaps.

Analysis: Reynolds was once again fourth on the pecking order for playing time among wideouts, but he was busy when on the field. The third-year receiver will struggle to produce reliable fantasy numbers because of the depth of the Los Angeles receiving corps, but he once again proved capable of taking advantage of the opportunities provided to him.

December 2, 2019 11:53 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Snap count dwindles

Reynolds played just 30 of 54 offensive snaps and caught both of his targets for eight yards during Monday's 45-6 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: With Brandin Cooks (concussion) and Robert Woods (personal) back in action, Reynolds was relegated to fourth on the wide receiver depth chart, and his playing time also dropped. The third-year wideout posted admirable numbers -- especially considering the Rams' offensive struggles -- over the previous three games with nine receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown. The mini surge reaffirms Reynolds' ability to move the needle when given an opportunity, but that window may be closed with the Los Angeles receiving corps back at full strength.

November 26, 2019 6:47 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Ready for MNF

Reynolds (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Monday's game against the Ravens, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old started the week not practicing due to the illness, but he was able to progress to full participation Saturday to avoid the questionable tag. Reynolds is coming off decent production in Week 11 with three catches for 55 yards, but he should return to a lesser role versus Baltimore with Brandin Cooks (concussion) and Robert Woods (personal) both also clear of injury designations.

November 23, 2019 4:41 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Limited on Friday

Reynolds (illness) practiced on a limited basis Friday, 105.7 The Fan reports.

Analysis: After not practicing Thursday, the limited designation is a step in the right direction for Reynolds. With an extra day of preparation ahead of a Monday night showdown against Baltimore, Reynolds should be able to answer the bell but will be hoping to get more reps in before gameday.

November 22, 2019 5:23 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Dealing with illness

Reynolds didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Reynolds enjoyed some recent success due to the opportunity at hand, earning at least 89 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the last three games. During that span, he hauled in nine of 19 targets for 177 yards and one touchdown. As Reynolds tends to an illness, the Rams welcomed back Robert Woods following a one-game absence to tend to a family matter, while Brandin Cooks has nearly completed his journey through the concussion protocol. If both are active Monday versus the Ravens, Reynolds will return to a bit role in the Rams' receiving corps.

November 21, 2019 4:15 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: 55 yards in start

Reynolds had three catches (six targets) for 55 yards in Sunday's 17-7 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Reynolds got the start with Brandin Cooks (concussion) and Robert Woods (personal) sidelined, and he was the lone receiving option to be targeted more than three times in coach Sean McVay's run-heavy gameplan. The 24-year-old is averaging three catches and 59 yards in the three games Cooks has been sidelined, so Reynolds will carry deep-league appeal if the latter is forced to miss Monday's contest against a Ravens pass defense that ranks in the bottom-third of the league.

November 17, 2019 11:11 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Hardly plays against 49ers

Reynolds played just four offensive snaps and failed to catch his only target during Sunday's 20-7 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: With only nine targets and two receptions through six games, it's safe to ignore Reynolds in the majority of fantasy formats. He's flashed the potential to be a serviceable asset when given the opportunity in the past, but as it stands, there's not a lot of upside for the fourth receiver on the depth chart.

October 14, 2019 6:09 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Playing time could increase

Reynolds caught his only target for 12 yards during Thursday's 30-29 loss to Seattle. He played 29 of 40 offensive snaps.

Analysis: Reynolds saw an uptick in playing time after Brandin Cooks exited with a concussion, and if Cooks' status is in doubt next week against San Francisco, Reynolds' fantasy value would climb. The third-year receiver out of Texas A&M owns the size and skill to make an impact, and he's already showcased his upside in a few occasions over the past two seasons. Depending on Cooks' health, Reynolds could be a candidate to add off the waiver or consider as a low-priced flier in daily contests next week.

October 4, 2019 12:59 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Catches first pass of 2019

Reynolds caught one of his two targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 55-40 loss to Tampa Bay. He played 16 offensive snaps.

Analysis: The fourth-quarter grab was Reynolds' first catch of the season. He remains fourth on the wide receiver depth chart, and even with quarterback Jared Goff attempting a career-high 68 passes, Reynolds still wasn't involved in the offensive attack enough to move the fantasy needle. The fourth-year receiver is best left to the waiver wire in most settings.

September 30, 2019 2:09 PM EST

Josh Reynolds: Goes catchless against Browns

Reynolds played 17 of 66 offensive snaps and failed to catch either of his targets during Sunday's 20-13 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: Reynolds is without a catch through three games, and his fantasy value continues to plummet as the fourth receiver on the depth chart. It's pretty clear that it'll take an injury to Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp for Reynolds to return to fantasy relevance, and as a result, the third-year wideout is best left to the waiver wire for the time being in most settings.

September 23, 2019 10:34 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Barely plays against Saints

Reynolds didn't receive a target on his three offensive snaps during Sunday's 27-9 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: This was another non-eventful game for the third-year receiver. It appears it will take another injury to Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp or Brandin Cooks for Reynolds to receive the playing time needed to warrant fantasy attention.

September 16, 2019 10:35 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Quiet in Carolina

Reynolds failed to catch either of his two targets during Sunday's 30-27 win over Carolina. He was also on the field for just 25 of 77 offensive snaps.

Analysis: As long as Reynolds is slotted as the No. 4 wide receiver on the depth chart, he's unlikely to make much of a fantasy splash. He's shown fleeting upside when injuries to Robert Woods in 2017 and Cooper Kupp in 2018 have provided him with a larger role in the offense, but the Texas-A&M product also never fully capitalized on those opportunities.

September 9, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Josh Reynolds: Working with starters again

Reynolds made his mark in red-zone drills with the starting offense during June minicamp, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official website reports.

Analysis: With Cooper Kupp (knee) still limited, Reynolds joined Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods as part of the starting alignment for an offense that's heavily dependent on three-receiver sets. The 2017 fourth-round pick failed to take advantage of a similar opportunity late last season, averaging 3.3 catches for 47.2 yards in nine games (including playoffs) after Kupp suffered a season-ending ACL tear. The Rams are optimistic about having Kupp ready for Week 1, but even if that comes to fruition, Reynolds will be just one injury away from heavy snap counts in an explosive offense.

June 21, 2019 9:34 AM EST

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