authors David Boclair
Keenan Reynolds has not yet caught on as an NFL wide receiver.
The Goodpasture Christian School graduate and record-setting college quarterback has caught the attention of one of his most prominent teammates in his second training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.
“One of the things I was saying this summer, was that Keenan, his leadership is just out the roof,” quarterback Russell Wilson said last week, according to USA Today. “I think it’s probably where he comes from, his background, being in the Naval Academy and everything else, just who he is.”
Reynolds, of course, was a four-year starter at Navy who even garnered Heisman Trophy attention as a senior. He is able to work as a pro football player even as he satisfies his military commitment under a since-rescinded policy that allowed him to defer full-time deployment.
The Baltimore Ravens selected him in the sixth round of the 2016 draft and turned him into a wide receiver/return man. In three seasons, he has spent time with three franchises (Baltimore, Washington and Seattle) but has appeared in just two regular-season games, both with Seattle last season.
He has yet to catch a pass in the regular season and is anything but a lock to make the Seattle roster out of training camp.
In Thursday’s preseason opener, which the Seahawks won 22-14 over Denver, Reynolds played 12 snaps on offense but did not catch a pass. On special teams, he returned two kickoffs for 48 yards.
“He’s a tremendous athlete, tremendous competitor,” Wilson said. “… He’s been special for us, and it’s going to be a really cool, competitive preseason.”
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