3 Detroit Lions who could surprisingly land on the roster bubble during training camp
1. RB Craig Reynolds
“Netflix”, “Hulu”, whatever running back”s coach Duce Staley wants to call him now, Reynolds got a little bit of a chance last season and took advantage of it.
With D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams out of the mix in Week 13 and 14, Reynolds totaled 195 yards on 37 carries over his first two games in a Lions’ uniform. That brief run seems to have him locked in as the No. 3 running back heading into the 2022 season, as he finally gets a chance to stick in the NFL.
But as Lee Corso would say, not so fast (potentially).
As much as calls for him to not make the final 53 will be prevalent, Godwin Igwebuike was a core special teamer for the Lions last year and a productive kickoff returner. Second-year man Jermar Jefferson may be worthy of more carries if there are any to pick up, even as he embraces special teams as a path to earning a roster spot. And finally there’s undrafted rookie Greg Bell, who may make it hard to let him go if he is a camp and preseason standout.
After his role in the offense faded, Reynolds did play 47 special teams snaps over the final three games last year. So he might stick around anyway and keep his spot, written in something between pencil and ink right now, as the Lions’ No. 3 running back heading into Week 1. But the idea he will move onto the roster bubble during camp is not far-fetched.