By Julie Glass
Ed Reynolds is fighting to make the Eagles’ roster, and he had an interception against the Jets Thursday night which he returned 90-yards for a touchdown, which certainly helped his cause.
“It was just great pass rush. I think [DE] Bryan Braman came off the edge and made some disruption,” Reynolds said. “I was playing the route solid and I was like, ‘There is no way he is throwing this ball.’ And he threw it and it just came and the rest happened. It was a great team play overall. It was the only route he could really throw to, and then Bryan Braman taking him off the spot just really made it easy for me.”
In addition to the pick-six, Reynolds played with physicality. The safety gave reporters an insight into his goals, both individually and as a team, going into the game Thursday.
“I think, for me, just to play an overall flawless game. Be as flawless as possible. Football is never really perfect. You try to minimize the mistakes. I definitely wanted to go out and make a statement somehow. It started out with that one hit.”
Reynolds, despite playing frequently in the second half of last season, is in a battle with C.J. Smith and JaCorey Shepherd for a roster spot. Though they don’t play the same position, the team is trying to figure out whether to keep five safeties or six cornerbacks.
Keeping five safeties (Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Jaylen Watkins, Chris Maragos, Reynolds) would be an unconventional move, but the team is in a unique situation.