After a successful career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Navy history, Keenan Reynolds was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens, who converted him to a wide receiver. However, Reynolds is yet to make a catch in the preseason, which has led many to wonder if he will make the team’s final roster. While the Ravens don’t have good Super Bowl odds, many believe they have what it takes to make the playoffs after missing it last year.

Despite Reynolds not having a catch in the preseason, the Ravens coaching staff still believes he can be a contributor on their team. The coaches raved about Reynold’s aggressiveness on special teams, his athleticism, and his work ethic.

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Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said Reynolds is “America’s finest,” and every time he sees Reynolds at team meetings or on the field, he is doing everything he can to become a better player. Rosburg added that the team is practicing Reynolds in a lot of places and he just has to find a place on the field he can use the former quarterback.

Reynolds finished his career as the FBS leader in total touchdowns and he won more games than any other quarterback in the school’s history. When he fell to the sixth round, the Ravens were excited he was still on the board and didn’t hesitate to pick him.

During the preseason, Reynolds has only gotten one pass thrown at him because he has had trouble getting separation form the defenders covering him. He acknowledged that it was a humbling experience, especially after a decorated collegiate career.

Reynolds said the switch to the receiver position isn’t the reason he has been struggling. He admitted that the NFL is much different from college because the players are bigger and faster. Reynolds said it doesn’t matter if he just started playing the wide receiver position or if he had been doing it all his life the adjustment would still have been difficult because of the talent he is playing against.

Despite his lack of catches, Reynolds said he is confident he will figure things out because he has improved since the rookie mini-camps and knows he is only going to get better.

One of the problems Reynolds has been having as a kick returner is the fact that he keeps dropping kicks, which is a big pet peeve for most coaches, especially John Harbaugh, who was a special teams coach before he became the head coach of the Ravens.

Reynolds had a dropped punt in training camp, and hasn’t been given an opportunity to return a punt in the preseason games.

Reynolds will eventually get another opportunity to be the team’s kick returner, but he has to show the coaches that he can return kicks without fumbling the ball away.

Right now, Reynolds is competing for the kick returner job with Michael Campanaro, and according to Harbaugh, Campanaro is the team’s best returner at the moment.

With five receivers already penciled in to make the team, Reynolds, Campanaro, and the other receivers trying to make the team are competing for one or possibly two remaining spots, which means Reynolds needs to take advantage of his limited opportunities and prove to his coaches that he is worth keeping around.

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