With summer break in full swing there is very little news coming out of the Navy football program right now. We can assume the team is working hard on an individual basis, working out tirelessly and building the strength and conditioning needed for a full college football season.
As a result it is easy to look at the football exploits of former Mids to pass the time and the player making the most noise at this point is (probably unsurprisingly) Keenan Reynolds.
The Ravens have an eight week off-season program before training camp kicks in, with extra time and practices dedicated to getting rookies into the system and giving them a jump start of their NFL careers. Reynolds missed a good portion of this program due to the (relatively) late timing of Navy graduation, but according to multiple sources he has hit the ground running in his attempt to transition positions at the professional level.
Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg had the following to say about the transition to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun.
"He is starting from scratch, so it is a long journey...," Rosberg opined, "...I think he is making really good progress." Reynolds responded to Markus’ inquiry on how he plans to prepare for training camp in the next six weeks by saying, "Run, and run and run and run and keep running...I have a long way to go. It’s the work I am willing to put in."
The Ravens have been working hard on making Reynolds their potential starting punt returner this fall. Punter Sam Koch has been kicking the ball all over the field, making Reynolds catch the ball on the run and really working on his hands. The team has also had the entire defense running down the field (unblocked) at Reynolds, putting him under pressure and trying to mess with his head as Reynolds attempts to catch the ball. So far he has passed these tests with flying colors.
Anyone who knew Reynolds from his time in Annapolis would have expected this. There is a comparison between Reynolds and Peyton Manning to be made here. Both players study, practice and train to an excess to be the very best they can be. Reynolds would be an over achiever if it wasn’t for the fact he was blessed with so much talent in the first place.
For Navy fans the Ravens training camp will be worth keeping an eye on this summer.