Craig Reynolds, #46 of the Detroit Lions has become a fan favorite. Here’s his story:
At the start of his career, Reynolds played football at Kuztwon University of Pennsylvania. The Kuztwon Golden Bears are a Division II football team, and Craig Reynolds was their running back. As a redshirt sophomore, he was named first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East after leading the conference with 1,189 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Reynolds rushed 109 times for 456 yards and four touchdowns, had 29 receptions for 410 yards and five touchdowns and returned four kickoffs for 108 yards and nine punts for 153 yards and one touchdown. Although later suffering a season ending injury, Reynolds was again named first team All-PSAC East. As a senior, he achieved this again. Reynolds finished his college career as Kuztwon’s third all-time leading rusher with 2,650 yards and second in school history with 5,277 all-purpose yards.
Craig Reynolds later signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2019. After spending an off-season with Washington, Reynolds was waived during their final roster cuts. However, he later re-signed to Washington’s practice squad. Reynolds was promoted to the Redskins’ active roster in October, and made his NFL debut against the 49ers, playing on special teams. About a month later, Reynolds was once again waived by Washington. Reynolds also spent the remainder of 2019, and most of 2020 with the Falcons. He also had a similar run to that of his with Washington with Jacksonville.
On August 12, 2021, Reynolds signed with the Detroit Lions. Soon after, Reynolds became a fan favorite with Detroit after his immaculate preseason game against the Buffalo Bills in 2021. It’s said that Craig Reynolds had introduced himself to the rest of Detroit’s offense during that game. After spending most of 2021 on Detroit’s practice squad, Reynolds was promoted to the active roster against the Denver Broncos while D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams were out. He played well enough to be elevated again the following week against the Arizona Cardinals. During Detroit’s breathtaking win over Arizona, Reynolds rushed for 112 yards on 26 carries. Soon after, the Lions signed Reynolds to their active roster on December 20, 2021, on a contract through the 2022 season.
After Reynolds’ preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, Lions running backs coach Duce Staley said: “We call him Netflix. “That’s what he was doing, right? On the couch watching Netflix, and all of a sudden he came in, got a couple yards and scored a touchdown. We call him Netflix. We all watch Netflix, right? Well, he’s Netflix.”
Now, Craig Reynolds spends the 2022 off-season working to achieve a permanent spot on Detroit’s roster.