Former Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds didn’t waste any time making an impact in his first NFL preseason game.

The fourth-round pick caught a 20-year touchdown pass from backup quarterback Sean Mannion last week as the Rams beat the Raiders, 24-21. It was the first career NFL catch for Reynolds.

“It definitely is a motivational kind of thing knowing that you come in for your first NFL game, something you have always dreamed about, and you score. It’s crazy,” he told Rams writer Kristen Lago of

Reynolds caught 164 passes for 2,788 yards and 30 touchdowns in three seasons as an Aggie. Before the Rams traded for Sammy Watkins, Reynolds was drafted to provide a threat near the goal line and on deep balls. At 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, Reynolds is one of the Rams’ bigger receivers and recently shook off a quad injury that sidelined him earlier in the preseason.

“I’m definitely trying to make some plays,” Reynolds said. “I’m trying to be that versatile receiver and I’m getting there, so I’ll be able to bring more to the table as time goes on. But when the ball is thrown my way, I’m trying to catch everything and just help the team win. There is nothing better than winning.”

Reynolds has overcome plenty of adversity before.

He didn’t receive a scholarship offer out of high school after Oregon State pulled its interest. Reynolds eventually went to junior college before he settled at Texas A&M, the school that offered him a partial scholarship as a hurdler in high school. He led the team with 842 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 52 catches in 2014. The 13 TDs were a school record previously held by Jeff Fuller (2010) and Mike Evans (2013).