NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The offense was the strength of the Tennessee Titans last season, averaging 396.4 yards per game (tied for second) and scoring at a clip of 30.7 points per contest (fourth). But they lost some key pieces in free agency, including wide receiver Corey Davis, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Davis finished last season with 65 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games. That's a lot of production to take out of the lineup. Davis' departure -- along with tight end Jonnu Smith leaving in free agency and the release of slot receiver Adam Humphries -- created a void on Tennessee's roster.
The Titans signed fifth-year wideout Josh Reynolds to help restock the wide receiver group. After posting 52 receptions for 618 yards and two touchdowns last season, the former Los Angeles Ram feels his game can go to the next level in Tennessee. He's embracing the opportunity to become an integral part of the Titans' offense and prove his worth by helping replace Davis.
"At this point of my career, I'm trying to create a name for myself," Reynolds said during his introductory news conference. "I think with Corey Davis leaving, I think I can go in and fit that role pretty good."
Davis had 506 receiving yards on play-action passes last season for the Titans. He also averaged 20.2 yards per receptions on those plays, which was third-most among players with at least 20 play-action targets. Davis' season-long 75-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in Week 15 was on play-action.
Reynolds, 26, envisions himself bringing a lot of the same aspects that Davis brought to the Titans' offense. He posted 215 yards on play-action last season, and his 11.9 average yards per reception increased to 13.4 on such targets.
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound receiver said that like Davis, he's a "big-bodied guy that can go up and get it." Reynolds feels the Titans do a lot of things similar to the Rams' scheme that he played in over the last four seasons.
Both teams use a lot of zone-read rushing concepts and employ play-action off it. Reynolds pointed to how Titans running back Derrick Henry's effectiveness running the ball helps pull linebackers closer to the line of scrimmage -- which opens up passing lanes. It also creates one-on-one matchups for the receivers on the outside when defenses focus on the run by stacking the box.
The Titans like Reynolds' versatility, having played both as an inside and outside receiver in addition to special teams while with the Rams. They see Reynolds' skill set meshing well within their offense.
“Josh has really good size, can run all the routes, has a big catch radius, and is good with the ball in his hands for a taller wideout,” GM Jon Robinson said. "We are excited to work with him and know he can help us."
Reynolds averaged 15.6 yards per catch in 2019, but he didn't get to truly showcase his deep pass-catching ability in four seasons with the Rams. He believes because Ryan Tannehill likes to take deep shots, the Titans will give him more opportunities to showcase what he was able to do at Texas A&M, where he averaged 17 yards per reception over three seasons.
"Since getting to the league I haven't been able to put that on display much so I'm extremely excited to get with Tannehill," Reynolds said with a smile. "Maybe get a couple of more deep balls. Tannehill, he likes to throw them deep. I'm excited to bring that deep ball and 50-50 ball threat to the Titans."
The Titans' run-heavy scheme requires the receivers to be more than just pass-catchers. They are asked to dig out linebackers near the line of scrimmage and get involved in downfield blocking to help spring some of Henry's trademark long runs for touchdowns.
Most of Henry's highlight runs included a cameo of Davis taking out a defensive back to help make the play pop. Reynolds said he knows he will be required to get involved in the dirty work, but he has no issue with it because he was asked to do the same thing with the Rams.
"The Rams, they had me doing a lot of the zone blocking. For the Titans, I know I am going to have to be down there doing the nitty-gritty blocking and stuff, but that is ultimately what I am used to," Reynolds said.