We’re in the depths of the offseason here at The Falcoholic, and there has been little to nothing in the way of interesting news in ages. So, we’ll have to make some content of our own in the meantime. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be bringing you a new Player Profile series where we’ll take a look at each of the players on Atlanta’s roster. I’ll break down their measurables, past production, and try to project their 2020 season with the Falcons.
After taking a look at the projected starters, we now turn our attention to the depth on the Falcons’ roster. Today, I’ll be discussing LB LaRoy Reynolds—a veteran special teams ace and depth player who has extensive experience in Atlanta’s defense.
LB LaRoy Reynolds
Age: 29 (30 during 2020 season)
Contract: $750K cap hit in 2020, free agent in 2021
Career Production: 99 games played, 7 games started | 105 total tackles, 3.0 TFL | 2 PD | 50.7 overall PFF grade
2019 Production: 15 games played | 6 total tackles, 0% missed tackle rate | 1 PD | 37.3 overall PFF grade
Measurables: 6’0, 243 | 4.59s 40-yard dash, 1.56s 10-yard split | 7.33s 3-cone | 37” vertical jump, 125” broad jump | 29 bench reps
After allowing De’Vondre Campbell to walk in free agency, the Falcons were perilously thin at the LB position. The team brought in XFL standout Edmond Robinson as a potential SAM candidate, but still had significant question marks behind presumptive starters Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun. In late March, Atlanta brought back reliable depth piece and special teamer LaRoy Reynolds, who had previously spent two years with the Falcons under Dan Quinn. At the time, it seemed like Reynolds would be the obvious fifth LB and primary special teams player, but the depth chart has gotten considerably more crowded since then.
Reynolds’ career began as a UDFA signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. He impressed almost immediately, earning a roster spot and appearing in 12 games during his rookie season, primarily as a special teams player (where he’d earn the highest PFF grade of his career: an excellent 84.1). Reynolds took on more of a rotational role in 2014, starting 3 games but struggling en route to a mediocre 49.0 PFF grade. In 2015, Reynolds found himself cut by the Jaguars after the season started, eventually winding up with the Bears.
The 2016 season saw Reynolds join the Falcons, where he played a significant role on special teams but also started 3 games on defense. He was re-signed after a solid season for 2017, but wound up on IR heading into the season. Reynolds did not return to Atlanta in 2018, instead bouncing around for the next two seasons between the Eagles, 49ers, and Bengals while his play declined (34.2 PFF grade in 2018, 37.3 PFF grade in 2019). Reynolds had some of his strongest seasons with the Falcons and will be just 30 in 2020, but after two poorly-graded years on special teams it’s fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank.
Projection: LaRoy Reynolds seemed to be a shoe-in for the 53-man roster as a core special teams player and reserve prior to the drafting of Mykal Walker and signing of Deone Bucannon, but now his spot on the team is in jeopardy. Reynolds will have to prove that he can offer significantly more on special teams than Edmond Robinson to make the squad, as Robinson offers far more upside on defense.