Biggest sleeper in Rams-Saints WR Josh Reynolds for vanguard sports ,
The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams have been the two best teams in the NFC for months. This should be a fun NFC championship game.
They played once this season and it was a thriller. The Saints jumped out to a 35-14 lead in the first half, the Rams came all the way back to tie it 35-35 in the fourth quarter, then with the Saints holding a 38-35 lead, New Orleans receiver Michael Thomas caught a 72-yard touchdown on a third down to put it away.
With a spot in Super Bowl LIII on the line, let’s look at the biggest sleepers from the Rams and Saints:
Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds
The Rams are a creative offense, but they are static when it comes to their personnel grouping. They run “11” personnel — that’s one running back and one tight end, with three receivers — practically every play. They used “11” personnel on 96 percent of their snaps this season,
Without Kupp the Rams had to either change their offensive identity or find someone to fill in for the valuable and talented Kupp. Reynolds became practically a full-time player and while the Rams missed Kupp, they found that Reynolds was up to the challenge.
In five of the six regular-season games since Kupp was hurt, 2017 fourth-round pick Reynolds played at least 95 percent of the offensive snaps. Reynolds had 22 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns in those six games.
The Saints will be focused on Cooks and Woods, as well as the Rams’ strong running game. That opens up an opportunity for Reynolds to be an unlikely hero in the NFC title game. We already know he’ll be on the field a lot.
While the Rams are predictable when it comes to their personnel, the Saints still believe in the fullback. And he’s good.