Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer 78d

Keenan Reynolds finds comfort zone (and end zone) in return to Navy



ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Upon the urging of his coaches, Keenan Reynolds spoke to the entire team about the Naval Academy's traditions and life as a midshipman before the Baltimore Ravens held an open practice there Saturday night.

Reynolds then ended up in a familiar spot in his old stomping grounds: the end zone.

One of the top football players in Navy history, Reynolds delivered the best play of the night before 10,321 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, catching a 30-yard touchdown down the seam.

"I saw his confidence shift to another gear here, and I guess I can see why," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Pretty comfortable here."

Finding a comfort zone has been a challenge for Reynolds, a 2016 sixth-round pick who is making the transition from triple-option quarterback in college to wide receiver in the NFL.

On Saturday, Reynolds came in as the center of attention at Navy, and he didn't disappoint. He made a one-handed grab after tipping a pass to himself. He then dove across the middle of the field for another catch.

"It was a great place to have one of my better practices since I’ve been a Raven," Reynolds said.

Reynolds moved up the depth chart Saturday, when Breshad Perriman missed another practice with a hamstring injury and Jeremy Maclin received the day off. He delivered like he had done so often in this stadium.

He was one of the most decorated players in Navy history, finishing as the FBS leader in total touchdowns and winning more games than any other quarterback in school history.

"It felt like Saturday game day," Reynolds said. "[I] had to calm down warming up, I didn’t want to get too crazy, get gassed before practice even started."

Reynolds showed teammates where the dorms are at Navy and explained how the naval battles are named on the facade of the stadium.

But, after coming up big at practice, Reynolds wanted to talk about what a former teammate had told him.

"Steve Smith told me my rookie year, 'Make a play a day. It’ll keep you around,'" Reynolds said. "So I’ve carried that with me since he left. That’s what I try to strive for each day."

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