New Titans Receiver Josh Reynolds Plans on Being a Playmaker in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE – New Titans receiver Josh Reynolds thinks he's found the perfect new home in Tennessee.

Now, he's ready to deliver.

"I picked (the Titans) because it made the most sense for me and the family," Reynolds said during a video conference call on Thursday. "At this point of my career I'm in, I'm just trying to create a name for myself and I think with Corey Davis leaving, I can go in and fit that role pretty good. I am extremely excited to be a Titan, and I'm ready to get this thing going with the team. … I am looking to bring some of the same aspects as Corey did, and maybe a couple of different things. Ultimately I just want to try and fill that spot and make a name for myself."

Reynolds, formerly with the Los Angeles Rams, signed a one-year deal with the Titans earlier in the week.

Reynolds said he's talked to head coach Mike Vrabel on several occasions, and he spent time with offensive coordinator Todd Downing and receivers coach Rob Moore during his free agency visit to Nashville.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who like Reynolds played collegiately at Texas A&M, reached out to welcome him to the team, which left him even more excited. Being teammates with A.J. Brown should be fun, too, he said.

"I am extremely excited to be able to get going with Tannehill, and A.J. on the other side," Reynolds said. "As soon as I called coach Vrabel and let him know I was signing with them, Tannehill texted me probably 20 minutes later welcoming me to the squad and said he's excited about having me there. Even that right there, it gets me ready, ready to meet him, ready to compete for these guys, and ready to help them win.

"(A.J.), he is a dynamic guy. Y'all know, dude can make some plays. He is a big-body receiver and he kind of brings the same things I bring to the game. So, having him on the other side, creating plays, I think we'll be a great duo."

Reynolds (6-3, 196) had a career-best 52 catches for 618 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 with the Rams.

With the Titans, he wants to provide a deep threat, and more. Since the offense in Tennessee is similar to what he did in Los Angeles with a lot of play-action and zone running, "it is almost going to be a little plug and play with me," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said he's excited about getting more one-on-one opportunities because of the presence of Derrick Henry in the run game.

"Tannehill, he likes to throw 'em deep," Reynolds said. "I am looking forward to being able to kind of have those three-level throws, and the strikes like I was doing with the Rams. I am definitely excited to be able to bring that deep ball kind of threat, and 50-50 kind of threat to the Titans, man.

"Ultimately, I am ready to go. It shouldn't be that hard adapting to the playbook. I am ready to go."

In four NFL seasons, Reynolds has played in 64 games, with 24 starts. He's worked in the slot and on the outside at receiver during his career, and he's caught 113 passes for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns. He's recorded 23 catches of 20-plus yards, one catch of 40-plus yards, and 67.3 percent of his receptions have resulted in first downs.

Per Sportradar, Reynolds lined up as an outside receiver on 69.5% of the snaps last season with the Rams, and in the slot 22.1% of the time.

Reynolds, 26, has never missed a game during his career. His 64 consecutive games played puts him in a tie for the third-longest current streak among all active wide receivers.

In addition to Brown and Reynolds, the Titans also have receivers Cam Batson, Cody Hollister, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Rashard Davis, Chester Rodgers, Marcus Johnson and Mason Kinsey on the roster.

With tight end Jonnu Smith and receivers Davis and Adam Humphries gone, Reynolds knows the Titans need playmakers following a year when the team finished No.2 in the NFL in offense.

Reynolds caught 164 passes for 2,788 receiving yards while at Texas A&M and he's the only player in Texas A&M and SEC history with multiple 90-yard plus receptions in his career.

"I think I bring a lot like Corey Davis – a big-body guy who will go up and go get it," Reynolds said. "And seeing how the Titans operate in their offense, I know I am going to have to be down there doing the nitty gritty blocking and stuff, but that is ultimately what I am used to and I'm ready to bring it.

"I feel like I can kind of bring that difference piece to help the Titans go above and beyond what they have been doing. I'm hoping I can bring that and help them continue to win."

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