With injuries thinning the current ranks, and depth an overall concern, the Detroit Lions have questions to answer at wide receiver in the comng weeks.
Jameson Williams will be sidelined the rest of the preseason, and then he'll miss the first six weeks on suspension. Amon-Ra St. Brown is hobbled by a camp ankle injury, but he should be fine for the start of the season. But outside of St. Brown, there is a void to be filled in the receiving corps.
While the addition of another veteran could be smart, solutions may have to come internally. Josh Reynolds feels like a lock to be a feature piece for the Lions in such a scenario, given his experience and history with Jared Goff.
With other guys sidelined, Reynolds and Goff got things going again at practice this week.
Brought aboard in the middle of the 2021 season, Reynolds was an easy fit for the Lions after being let go by the Tennessee Titans. He was able to be a factor down the stretch, putting up 306 yards (16.1 yaards per catch) and two touchdowns over seven games with the team. After re-signing in 2022, he posted 479 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Reynolds' connection with Goff goes back in time a bit.
Josh Reynolds' track record stands to benefit the Lions now more than ever
Reynolds was a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. He overlapped with Goff there for four seasons, with his best catch and yardage production in that final year together (52 catches for 618 yards in 2020).
Reynolds has built-in history and chemistry with Goff, with good size (6-foot-3) and sneaky downfield speed. So rather than add someone who who has a similar skill set, but would have to learn the offense in a short window to do so, Reynolds could easily be the guy to step into a more consistently prominent role.