The St. Louis Rams are undoubtedly deep at the running back position heading into the 2014 NFL season, but fifth-string RB Chase Reynolds is not letting the amount of competition stand in his way, as he was clearly excited heading into the Rams’ preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints on Friday.
— Chase Reynolds (@ChaseReynolds34) August 8, 2014
Reynolds, who is known more for his prowess on special teams rather than his ability to carry the ball, stood out as the most productive member of the Rams’ RB committee against the Saints. He accumulated 46 yards in just six carries, good for a stellar 7.7 yards per carry average — most of them coming from a breakout 38-yard run.
It was evident that Reynolds had ability while at the University of Montana, as he went over 1,500 yards in two separate seasons and scored 22 TDs in each campaign. He earned two first-team All-Big Sky conference honors (2009-10) and was on the second-team once in 2008. Despite his achievements, Reynolds was not chosen in the 2011 NFL draft, and was initially signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. Within just two weeks, he was cut by Seattle and signed with the Rams.
Reynolds has had virtually no regular season opportunities to carry the ball during his tenure with the Rams, but has stood out as solid member of the kick coverage unit. He has fluctuated between the Rams’ practice squad and the 53-man roster for essentially his whole career until 2013, when he got into all 16 games and had seven tackles.
Despite his solid showing in the preseason opener, its unlikely Reynolds will see many carries during the regular season. However, during his impressive college career, Reynolds was used as a wide receiver at times and at 6-foot, 195 pounds, he profiles as a traditional scat-back/slot-receiver. OC Brian Schottenheimer would be wise to use the preseason to see if Reynolds could fit into either of those roles.