Now that we’re in full offseason mode, we’re going to review every single Detroit Lions player that finished the 2016 season under contract. We’ll look at their expectations coming into the season, whether they met those expectations and what to expect of them going forward. We will begin with the upcoming free agents, as they are the most intriguing and time sensitive.
Expectations before 2016
Offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds made four starts with the Detroit Lions in 2014, playing in 10 games overall. He then signed a one-year deal with the Rams prior to the 2015 season and made 15 appearances, including 10 starts with St. Louis. Though he was able to play multiple positions across the offensive line, he was not re-signed by the Rams nor picked up by any other team before the 2016 season.
Actual role in 2016
2016 stats: 1 game (0 starts)
The Lions had a ton of injuries on the offensive line down the stretch which led to the addition of Reynolds. Injuries to Riley Reiff and Corey Robinson led to a need at right tackle, and Reynolds was signed prior to the playoff game in Seattle. Though he was on the active roster, Reynolds did not play any offensive snaps against the Seahawks, finding the field just a couple of times on special teams.
Outlook for 2017
Contract status: Unrestricted free agent
Reynolds has experience with Detroit, but the team chose to part ways with him after the 2014 season. His return to the Lions near the end of the season is not insignificant, but he hardly had any time to make an impression. There is a huge need on the right side of the line, and Reynolds can play at both guard and tackle, but he may not be the right piece. The Lions need depth but there may be other places to look first.