Detroit Lions' Craig Reynolds runs into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC divisional round playoff game at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. Right tackle Penei Sewell (58) celebrates.

Lions re-sign RB Craig Reynolds, two others

The Detroit Lions re-signed running back Craig Reynolds, linebacker James Houston and guard Kayode Awosika to exclusive rights contracts on Monday.

Reynolds, 27, rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown in 17 regular-season games with the Lions in 2023, adding five catches for 47 yards. He added a 1-yard TD run in the divisional playoff win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Houston, 25, has contributed eight sacks in nine games (three starts) since being drafted by the Lions in the sixth round in 2022.

Awosika, 25, appeared in 15 games (three starts) in his second season with the Lions in 2023.

Coming off last season’s 12-5 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game, Detroit opened its voluntary offseason program on Monday.

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Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs (26) runs against Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.

Lions thinned at RB, confident ‘someone will step up’

Starter David Montgomery missed practice for the Detroit Lions on Thursday, leaving the team hopeful rookie Jahmyr Gibbs can return from a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game at Baltimore.

Gibbs was limited at Thursday’s practice and did not play in the last two games, including what looks like a costly win over the Buccaneers last week.

Craig Reynolds stepped into a bigger role last week after Montgomery left Detroit’s victory with a rib injury. Campbell said earlier this week Montgomery could be out multiple games.

Reynolds rushed for 15 yards on 10 carries at Tampa Bay but was limited Thursday with toe and hamstring injuries. He did not practice Wednesday.

Gibbs is “trending the right direction,” head coach Dan Campbell said. A first-round pick, Gibbs didn’t play in the Lions’ wins over the Carolina Panthers or Buccaneers.

Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson said the loss of Montgomery is significant for an offense that had identified him as the featured back, but believes the Lions have the depth to hold up.

“He was a bell cow for us,” Johnson said. “But like we’ve had so often already this year in the receiver room and the O-line room, someone will step up and rise to the occasion, there’s no doubt about it.”

The Lions already were without backup running back Zonovan Knight, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum.

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Nov 15, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (11) runs the ball against Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Titans sign ex-Rams WR Josh Reynolds

Wide receiver Josh Reynolds agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans following a 52-catch season with the Los Angeles Rams in 2020, multiple outlets reported Monday.

A fourth-round pick in 2017, Reynolds caught 113 passes for 1,450 yards and nine scores in 64 games (24 starts) for the Rams.

He set career highs with eight catches for 94 yards in a 23-16 victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 last season.

Reynolds, 26, can fill the void created when Corey Davis signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the New York Jets last week.

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