The Falcons re-signed Craig Reynolds on Wednesday, reinforcing their depth at running back after second year running back Qadree Ollison missed practice.
Reynolds spent time on the practice squad last season after getting cut by Washington. He originally signed with Washington as an UDFA in 2019 and was active in several games with them before being cut in November. The Falcons swooped him up and handed him a futures contact over the offseason.
We have signed RB Craig Reynolds. https://t.co/dYR6Va8ACk— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 27, 2020
The Falcons just cut Reynolds 3 weeks ago and there’s no indication that the Falcons are anticipating a lengthy absence for Ollison, so this reunion may be short-lived. But that said, this is the NFL, where injuries are an everyday occurrence, and I suppose it means something that Reynolds was still on the Falcons’ speed dial. This will likely serve as an audition for a spot the practice squad, so it’s win-win for everyone.
As far what Reynolds has to offer, he did have a productive career at division II Kutztown, where he racked up 34 career rushing TDs. He came into the NFL a bit undersized but appears to have gained 5-10 pounds since. At 5’11 and 225 pounds, he’s got an NFL running back’s body and good initial burst. In short, he’s a guy that may be useful to the Falcons at some point this season.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Reynolds’ experience as a returner. In college, Reynolds averaged 21.6 yards/kickoff return and 11 yards/punt return. This is relevant in that Brandon Powell has also missed some practice this week.
One last thing you should know about Reynolds: He grew up a rabid Falcons fan. That has to count for something.