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NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Navy RB Keenan Reynolds best fits with the Patriots.

Bill Belichick's father Steve was a longtime coach at the Naval Academy. "Belichick has a special feeling for players coming from there," Brandt wrote. As for Reynolds, the analyst commented: "He cannot play the quarterback position in the NFL. But because of his off-the-charts quickness, speed and athletic ability, he might be a Wes Welker-type of player, a slot receiver, for the Patriots. Belichick has the patience and creativity to find a spot for this outstanding player." All the NFL.com boys were asked what team best suits Reynolds. Lance Zierlein said the 49ers ("Explosive running traits, highly productive, intelligent with an ability to work from packages involving him as a run-first quarterback? Hello, Chip Kelly."), while Chase Goodbread and Chad Reuter said the Panthers, both mentioning Carolina's dead-last 18.5 yard per kick return average in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 4:08 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Navy RB Keenan Reynolds shares similarities to New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman.

Reynolds practiced as a running back at the Shrine Game, but unfortunately missed the game itself due to back tightness. "I was pretty upset, but I try to think long-term, think big-picture," Reynolds said. As to Mayock's point, Reynolds said he's willing to play any position to make the NFL. Said NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah: "You want to know a guy's position when you bring him in, but with (Reynolds), it's more like, 'We'll find out when he gets here.' He's going to have an opportunity to play."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 2:03 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds said, "I was pretty upset [not to be able to play in Saturday's Shrine Game due to back tightness], but I try to think long-term, think big-picture."

Reynolds has switched from quarterback to running back in the hopes of boosting his draft stock, but he missed Thursday's Shrine practice with back tightness and was subsequently ruled out for the contest proper. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound NCAA record-holder for career touchdowns offers a shifty speed element and could also help in special teams. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that he believes that Reynolds is "going to have an opportunity to play." Earlier in the week, NFL.com's team of analysts speculated that the 49ers, Patriots or Panthers might be good fits for the former Midshipmen leader.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 2:49 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds will not appear in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game due to back tightness.

Bummer. We've all been anxiously waiting for Reynolds to make his running back debut. That'll have to wait for the 5-foot-11, 185-pound development prospect. He should draw interest in the draft due to his quickness and ability to move and jive in the open field.
Jan 23 - 5:24 PM

NFL Network's Alex Flanagan wrote that there's "great buzz" around Navy RB Keenan Reynolds heading into Saturday's Shrine Game.

Reynolds is making the transition from quarterback to running back, something that's rarely worked out at the next level. Perhaps the most successful example in recent memory would be former Michigan QB Denard Robinson, who's found success as a runner with the Jaguars. CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler has said that he thinks Reynolds "likes like a natural" running the ball, praising his shiftiness and fluidity once he gets moving. The draft analysts for NFL.com recently compiled a list of teams that would be a nice fit for the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Reynolds, highlighting the Panthers, Patriots and 49ers. In addition to his possibilities as a running back, teams figure to look into him as a potential return man or receiver. Reynolds will be one of the more intriguing players to watch in the Shrine Game.
Jan 23 - 1:29 PM

In a breakdown of where Navy RB Kennan Reynolds might fit at the next level, NFL.com's draft analysts speculated that the Patriots, Panthers and 49ers could all use the former quarterback.

Analysts Chad Reuter and Chase Goodbread both see the former Navy magician as a nice fit with the Panthers. Wrote Reuter, "He could compete for carries as a third back, or work the middle as a slot receiver in concert with TE Greg Olsen." Both Reuter and Goodbread also pointed out that the 5-foot-11, 185-pound converted quarterback would provide immediate help for Carolina's flagging special teams, as the team averaged just 18.5 yards on kickoff returns. Meanwhile, Gil Brandt thinks he's a perfect fit for the Patriots, mainly because HC Bill Belichick has "the patience and creativity to find a spot for this outstanding player." Finally, Lance Zierlein views him as a strong fit for Chip Kelly's 49ers, as Kelly has experience running innovative creative sets.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 6:59 PM

An AFC scout says Navy RB Keenan Reynolds isn't an NFL running back and should be tried in the slot.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Reynolds is currently at the East-West Shrine Game attempting to transition from option quarterback to running back. He's had mixed results. "I would like to see him play in the slot rather than taking these dumb zone-read snaps," the scout said. "I don't think he's a running back, but he might be a slot receiver. I just need to see him get some legitimate receiver snaps." Charlie Weis and company have run packaged zone-read plays and direct snaps for Reynolds in practice. "More than one scout has indicated that his ultimate roster spot could be as a receiver," reported NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "If Reynolds doesn't get enough reps here catching the ball as teams would like, he will be asked to run some routes at individual workouts."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 3:52 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds returned punts after Shrine Game practices on Monday and plans to keep working on returning leading up to the draft.

Reynolds has moved to running back after a star-studded collegiate career as an option quarterback. But he's exploring all avenues that will enhance his versatility. On the issue of kick returning, he's being mentored this week by Shrine East team assistant coach Troy Brown, who returned 252 punts and 87 kickoffs in his NFL career. "I have a lot of catching up to do," said Reynolds. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder is the NCAA career record holder with 88 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 12:36 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds "looks like a natural" at running back, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler is watching Reynolds on the practice fields of the East-West Shrine game. Apparently, Reynolds' acclimation to his new position is going swimmingly. "Reynolds showed the lower body athleticism to make quick cuts and fluidly redirect his momentum, stringing together his moves to pick through the defense," Brugler wrote. "He reads the field well and has the speed to beat the linebacker to the edge. With only one career catch in college, Reynolds is unproven as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, but he didn't drop a ball during the first practice and appeared natural looking the ball into his hands before bursting downfield." As for negatives, Brugler says that Reynolds doesn't have the power to run through contract and must improve his ball security (32 career fumbles at Navy). Shrine East HC Charlie Weis has installed a Wildcat-type package for Reynolds, with the former Navy star in the shotgun taking direct snaps.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 11:11 AM

Per NFL.com's Chad Reuter, Navy RB Keenan Reynolds "will have to show scouts he can find holes and take advantage of them in a pro-style offense" at Shrine Game practices.

Everybody's favorite triple-option quarterback is going to have to give it a go as a running back if he hopes to catch on in the NFL. In that capacity, he showed "toughness and agility as a runner," according to Reuter. Reynolds, the FBS all-time career leader in touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards by a quarterback, is working out as a running back as we speak at Shrine Game practices. Reuter says he's the most intriguing prospect for scouts at the event.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 4:37 PM

Navy senior QB Keenan Reynolds will attend the final State of the Union address given by President Barack Obama on January 12.

Reynolds will be a guest of Tennessee congressman Jim Cooper, who represents the Fifth District of the state. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound magician of a quarterback hails from Antioch, Tennessee. With Reynolds under the helm this past season, the Midshipmen tallied a school-record 11 wins. He also set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns at 88.
Source: NCAA.com
Jan 11 - 4:05 PM

Navy senior FB Chris Swain ran 27 times for 114 yards in a 44-28 victory over Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl on Monday.

In his first year as starter, Swain finished with 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder will next be seen in the Senior Bowl, where he will play a more traditional pro-style fullback role. His only chance at getting drafted is to prove he can be a strong lead blocker and special team contributor in the pros.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 06:08:00 PM

Navy senior QB Keenan Reynolds re-broke the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns to push the Midshipmen past Pittsburgh 44-28 in the Military Bowl on Monday.

This is the second time he's broken the record. Reynolds previously held the mark for almost a month until Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon surpassed him with a four-TD showing in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl a little over a week ago to close out his own career with 87. Today, Reynolds went 9-for-17 passing for 126 yards and a touchdown and ran for 144 yards and three more scores to give him 88 career rushing scores. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder also led the team in receiving this afternoon with a 47-yard reception on a trick play. Reynolds' sensational career was topped off by leading Navy to a school-record 11 wins. Next up, Reynolds will shift to RB and audition for NFL scouts at the East-West Shrine Game.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Following Louisiana Tech senior RB Kenneth Dixon's four-touchdown performance in Saturday's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Navy senior QB Kennan Reynolds will need to score three touchdowns in the Military Bowl to reclaim the NCAA touchdown record.

Reynolds held the record with 85 until Dixon waltzed into New Orleans to shred Arkansas State for a quartet of scores. Dixon's up to 87 for his career. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Midshipmen senior will need to score two touchdowns against Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl on December 28 to tie Dixon, three to surpass. For reference's sake, he's scored at least three three times in 2015.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 03:23:00 PM

Navy (10-2) will play Pittsburgh (8-4) in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28.

The Midshipmen are four-point favorites. To spring the upset, the Panthers will have to impede Navy's triple-option offense, which averages 319.2 rushing yards per game and is ranked No. 5 by S&P+'s advanced metrics. Pittsburgh has a reputation for playing strong run defense. That narrative is wrong. The run defense is middle-of-the-FBS pack, ranking No. 58 in S&P+'s numbers. Of particular alarm for Pittsburgh backers in the memory of Oct. 17, when Georgia Tech's triple-option was allowed to name its yardage totals, gaining 376 yards on more than nine yards a carry (Pitt clung on to a narrow win). The Panthers will try to keep pace on the scoreboard by instructing Nate Peterman to get the ball in WR Tyler Boyd's hands as much as possible.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 04:31:00 PM


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