Detroit Lions running back Craig Reynolds went through an unforgettable experience between Thursday morning and Friday night. Reynolds woke up on Thursday as a free agent but he got a tryout from the Lions. On Friday night, Reynolds debuted for the Lions in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills and he was introducing himself to players on the team during the game.
"I introduced myself in the huddle at one point. They were like, 'Yo, what's your name?'" Reynolds said. "A couple coaches introduced themselves to me on the sideline during the game. It's definitely crazy, but they've just made it real easy.
I've been comfortable being here." To make it even better, Reynolds scored a touchdown in his first game for the Lions. "It meant a lot, you know. First career touchdown. And I got a call from my older brother today and he just told me to let it rip," Reynolds said.
"Friday the 13th -- 13 was my number in college and high school -- it's like, 'Today's going to be -- just do something special.' I went out there and you know, all week the coaches said let it rip. Don't think, just play.
... And I just said, 'You know, let's go ham.' "
Reynolds praised by quarterback Jared Goff
"I don't know if I've met [Reynolds] yet; I think he got here last night," Lions quarterback Goff said with a laugh.
"I know that sounds horrible, but he got here last night and I think we saw him today; I probably met him before the game. He did a great job. It was fun to watch." Lions head coach Dan Campbell spoke positively of Reynolds after his first game.
"We'll see where this goes, but he's got that look in his eye and he did when he walked in yesterday," Campbell said. "You can tell it's like, 'Hey man, I'm here to compete and I don't know enough of this playbook, but you can put me in there.'
" But the Lions ended up losing 16-15 as Bulls quarterback Jake Fromm orchestrated a 74-yard game-winning drive. "It was definitely just a very interesting five to six months for me. I've never gone through anything like that," Fromm said.
"It was definitely very, very tough, and very, very lonely at times, but I kept going back to my faith and my family. And knowing I was gonna see them soon and knowing that hopefully, all this will pay off one day. "I wanted to be ready and honestly I showed up to work every day and said, 'Hey let's go, be ready. This is where I'm at, this is where my feet are at, let's go give it 100% and give it my all.' "