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Lions sign offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds

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At a time when rosters are swollen to 90 and 32 teams are about to go to camp, the key for unsigned veterans is getting in somewhere.

Former Falcons offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds has done just that, signing with the Lions today, according to his agent.

The Falcons released Reynolds in February, after he started 10 games for them last year. He was a fifth-round pick out of North Carolina.

He had also visited the Cowboys and the Titans.

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21 Responses to “Lions sign offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 17, 2014 12:35 PM

    The NFL is monitoring this situation.

  2. thepftpoet says: Jul 17, 2014 12:37 PM

    Weak signing by a weak team.

    He wouldn’t even be on the Minnesota Vikings 53 man roster.

    We have the best offensive line in the NFL.

    LT – Matt Kalil, Pro Bowler his rookie season, athletically amazing in the passing game and solid in the run game.
    LG – David Yankey – A first round prospect, had comparisons to Evan Mathis – The best guard in the NFL. Has amazing mechanics for a rookie.
    C – John Sullivan – 2 time all pro, one of the best centers in the entire NFL.
    RG – Brandon Fusco – PFF’s most underrated guard in the NFL, had a +15.5 year. A solid run blocker.
    RT – Phil Loadholt – #3 Run Blocking guard in the NFL – one of the most physical OG in the entire NFL.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Jul 17, 2014 12:38 PM

    The worst franchise in sports history…the detriot lolions.#4thplacethisyear.

  4. calvinthegreat82 says: Jul 17, 2014 12:39 PM

    Superbowl!!!! This guy and Winn will lead us to the promise land!!

  5. thepftpoet says: Jul 17, 2014 12:46 PM

    Objectively speaking,

    The Minnesota Vikings have the best talent in the NFL – Talent Wise.

    The wins will come this year.

  6. deafcone says: Jul 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    its about upgrading the bottom of the roster. nothing more.

  7. suhperbowl90 says: Jul 17, 2014 1:04 PM

    Seriously the Vikings couldn’t even beat the browns last year with Weeden at quarterback…..that was literally a guaranteed win!

    The lions on the other hand beat them with a hobbled Megatron playing at 40%.

    The Vikings are the Minnesota timberwolves of football… Ironic considering they are from the same state LOL.

  8. beckzhere says: Jul 17, 2014 1:04 PM

    As a Falcons fan, I can assure you that this guy will do his best to get your QB killed.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 17, 2014 1:05 PM

    Sounds like he didn’t do so well in Atlanta. But if the coaches in Detroit can help him improve his game, then that could be a future savings on Rob Sims who is going to be a UFA next year, or could be moved this year to free up some cap room.

    That’s why Atlanta got rid of him, for a chunk of change of room, and Sims being traded to a team that needs a vet OG would create savings for the Lions, plus potential savings if they otherwise would extend Sims and to a pay raise. This guy will work cheaper so it’s worth a shot if they think they can help him!

  10. radiofriendly420 says: Jul 17, 2014 1:19 PM

    I like Austin and Swanson back there behind Sims and Warford.

    I’m thinking this is just for camp.

  11. lks311 says: Jul 17, 2014 1:32 PM

    Seems to me if you’ve got former starters fighting for the 56th slot on your roster, that’s a good thing—because, he is not a starter on line that yielded the second fewest sacks and was 6th in total yards. At worst, camp body, at best…depth.

  12. jfcol says: Jul 17, 2014 1:59 PM

    He was the weakest lineman on one of the weakest lines in football last year. And that’s coming from a Falcons fan. Stafford better hope Reynolds doesn’t ever see playing time.

  13. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:00 PM

    The Lions OL was one of the few highlights last year and we’re pretty set at guard. Reynolds provides some depth – if he makes the team.

  14. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:10 PM

    Vikings fans who came here to talk trash should note that their OL was ranked 21st in the league last year. The Lions were ranked 2nd. Those are per the NFL’s website.

    Your offensive line allowed 44 sacks which is almost twice as many as the Lions (23). Those numbers are even worse when you factor in that the Lions rarely ran the ball and were a predictable pass happy offense.

    If I were a Viking’s fan, I wouldn’t be talking trash about your (non)amazing OL. That’s almost as silly as a Lions fan trying to brag that Detroit’s secondary is the greatest.

  15. donl517 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:16 PM

    We have the best offensive line in the NFL.

    LT – Matt Kalil, Pro Bowler his rookie season, athletically amazing in the passing game and solid in the run game.
    LG – David Yankey – A first round prospect, had comparisons to Evan Mathis – The best guard in the NFL. Has amazing mechanics for a rookie.
    C – John Sullivan – 2 time all pro, one of the best centers in the entire NFL.
    RG – Brandon Fusco – PFF’s most underrated guard in the NFL, had a +15.5 year. A solid run blocker.
    RT – Phil Loadholt – #3 Run Blocking guard in the NFL – one of the most physical OG in the entire NFL.

    ————————————————–

    And they will be abused twice this year, once in Detroit and once when Detroit comes to minnie.

  16. trumb1mj says: Jul 17, 2014 3:11 PM

    Smhhh camp body to create more competition at OG. Probably won’t make it through first cuts.

  17. burtmurphy1 says: Jul 17, 2014 3:51 PM

    As a Falcons fan, I can say we had one of the worst lines last year, if not the worst.

    The guard position, in particular was a dumpster fire.

    This guy couldn’t start on THAT line.

    He’s not even depth. I think he’s a future insurance agent.

  18. burtmurphy1 says: Jul 17, 2014 3:55 PM

    That being said, we had a horrific line coach. Good coaching could help him…

  19. txraiderfan says: Jul 17, 2014 4:50 PM

    He was released because he sucks!

  20. jkaflagg says: Jul 17, 2014 4:53 PM

    Reynolds was an RT when drafted by the Falcons, but they quickly determined he didn’t have the foot speed to stay there and moved him inside to guard. Problem was, guards need a little foot speed themselves unless they are road-grader types, and Reynolds is anything but -at 6’7″ he often had problems breaking down and getting leverage on big defensive linemen. There are some effective tall guards in the NFL, Alex Boone of the 49ers being one example; but they tend to be somewhat rare. I wish the best for Garrett but with his physical limitations he will need to be in a very specific situation to succeed.

  21. calvinthegreat81 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:35 PM

    Getting pumped up for the season! 11-5 division champs. With 2 easy blowouts of the lil bears like every other year. Can’t wait!

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