Dan Campbell on Josh Reynolds: I call him the praying mantis, he’s a spider of death

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Lions head coach Dan Campbell made his mark with some entertaining press conferences during his first season with the team and it doesn’t look like he’s changing his approach in his second year running the show in Detroit.

Campbell made that clear while discussing wide receiver Josh Reynolds over the weekend. Reynolds joined the Lions after being cut by the Titans last season and caught 19 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in seven games for the NFC North team.

Reynolds has now had extended time in the Lions system and Campbell said he is “buying stock” in the wideout heading into the year. He then came up with some colorful ways of explaining why he’s so bullish on Reynolds.

“He’s a different athlete, he’s slippery, man,” Campbell said, via the team’s website. “I call him the ‘praying mantis,’ he’s a spider of death. He’s just — there’s something about him, so — freaking serpent. So, I love where he’s at right now. I really do, I’m glad we got him.”

Reynolds said he likes the “praying mantis” moniker and there will be plenty of smiles in Detroit if adding DJ Chark and Jameson Williams to Reynolds and Amon-Ra St. Brown leads to a jump in offensive production.

10 responses to “Dan Campbell on Josh Reynolds: I call him the praying mantis, he’s a spider of death

  1. When Campbell is done coaching he’ll do well in the broadcast booth.

  2. “He’s a different athlete, he’s slippery, man,” Campbell said, via the team’s website. “I call him the ‘praying mantis,’ he’s a spider of death. He’s just — there’s something about him, so — freaking serpent.”
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    I need to watch Nature channel or something, he lost me here. I have never seen serpent used as adjective.

  3. Preying Mantis and Spider of Death seem more like defense side of the ball nicknames. It’s still early, training camp is the time and place for Campbell to work out the kinks.

  4. This guy couldn’t sound any dumber if he tried but I am looking forward to Hard Knocks this year haha

  5. Last time I checked a praying mantis was neither a spider nor a serpent. Of course last time I checked, Campbell wasn’t the brightest bulb in the pack either.

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