Rookie Ed Reynolds continues education

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16
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The Philadelphia Eagles selected Stanford safety Ed Reynolds in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

But Reynolds hasn’t had as much time as the other rookies to get acclimated to their new surroundings.

That’s because Reynolds was back at Stanford finishing up classes. He’s expected back this week for the Philadelphia Eagles' mandatory mini-camp and is reportedly on track to graduate soon.

Reynolds majored in international relations.

“Whatever I can do with it, I’m open,” Reynolds told the Delaware County Daily Times. “But first is the football. I think for me long-term the goal is to stay healthy and just be as impactful a player as I can on any defense. I’m proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle and hopefully even in Year 1, I can kind of make my mark on this team whether it’s on the defense or the special teams.”

During OTAs, Reynolds was working remotely.

“I left here with the full playbook,” Reynolds told the Daily Times. “I can watch all the meetings. I can go through all the installs. I had time where I face-timed Coach Lovett, my defensive backs coach, and the special teams coach [Dave Fipp] once or twice a week just to go over it if I had any questions about anything. But it’s completely different once you step out there on the field and everything is moving a lot faster and you’re going through the slides.”

Reynolds’ father, Ed, played 10 seasons in the NFL, nine with the New England Patriots (1983-91) and one with the New York Giants (1992).

“I want to ride this horse as far as it will take me,” Reynolds told the Daily Times. “My dad was blessed to play 10 years. That’s not the norm nowadays. The average player plays two or three years. I want to be able to play this game as long as my body holds up. I love to come out here and play and practice and everything else. Today was fun, the first time back out there and getting it going. But definitely I’m a little farther behind the other guys just with the mental reps of being out there and going through it.”

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