Pleased to meet you, won’t you guess my name?
Craig Reynolds didn’t even have time to meet many of his new teammates after joining his new NFL team, the Detroit Lions, ahead of Friday’s preseason game.
The running back made a nice first impression, with a team-high 49 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown in a 16-15 loss to the Bills at Ford Field.
“I introduced myself in the huddle at one point,” Reynolds told reporters after the game. “They were like, ‘Yo, what’s your name?’ A couple coaches introduced themselves to me on the sideline during the game. It’s definitely crazy, but like I said, they just made it real easy.”
Reynolds, who appeared in five games with Atlanta and Jacksonville over the previous two seasons, tried out for the Lions on Thursday after missing a flight to Detroit the previous night and then experiencing weather delays on his connection in Charliotte.
His 24-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter represented the only touchdown of the game for the Lions, who played without starting running back D’Andre Swift (groin).
“It’s impressive. It really is,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said of Reynolds. “And he’s kind of a guy who, we’ll see where this goes, but he’s got that look in his eye, and he did when he walked in [Thursday] and you could tell.
“It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I’m here to compete and I’ll know enough of this playbook. You can put me in there.’”
The 5-11 Reynolds was undrafted in 2019 out of Kutztown, where he finished second in school history in all-purpose yards.
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