New Broncos’ Playmaker Sounds Off On Why He Joined Denver

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The Denver Broncos signed wide receiver Josh Reynolds in free agency, replacing Jerry Jeudy, who the club traded to the Cleveland Browns earlier in the offseason.

Reynolds signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Broncos, which seems like a bargain based on the impressive season he had with the Detroit Lions in 2023.

So, why did Reynolds leave the Lions—legitimate NFC contenders—for a Denver squad that hasn’t made the playoffs in almost a decade?

“Business,” Reynolds said, via Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette. “It’s a business, but you know, I think I’m at where I’m supposed to be at, and I’m excited.”

Reynolds played in every game for Detroit this past season, hauling in 40 receptions for 608 yards and five touchdowns. He added eight catches for 132 yards and a score in three playoff contests.

The 29-year-old added that head coach Sean Payton played a major factor in his decision to link up with the Broncos.

“I think the main decision (in signing with Denver) was that I’ve always admired Sean Payton from afar,’’ Reynolds said. “I was excited to see what that offense looked like.”

Reynolds, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

He spent the first four years of his career with the Rams, enjoying varying degrees of success. He logged just 11 catches during his rookie campaign, but the following year, Reynolds’ role grew as he caught 29 passes for 402 yards and five scores. He stagnated in 2019, snaring 21 balls for 326 yards and a touchdown, but then, in 2020, Reynolds had a breakout year of sorts, registering 52 grabs for 618 yards while reaching the end zone a couple of times.

Reynolds went on to sign with the Tennessee Titans that ensuing offseason, but ended up getting waived by the team midway through the 2021 season due to a lack of production. That was when he joined the Lions, where he showed promise by catching 19 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.

The San Antonio native represented Detroit’s No. 2 option behind Amon-Ra St. Brown this past year and played a significant role in helping the Lions reach the NFC Championship Game.

We’ll see if Reynolds’ success carries over in the Mile High City.

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