But for Reynolds, the promotion is only temporary. He has stepped in for starter Evan Mathis, who has been sick with an inner-ear infection. More realistically, Reynolds is battling Julian Vandervelde for the backup- center gig, and a chance to stay on the 53-man roster.
So how can Reynolds be more realistic in camp this year than in the past? The answer, he said, is simple.
"All I can do is go in and work hard," he said after practice Friday.
"I've worked hard in the offseason," he said again.
"The most important thing I've learned is to continue to try and get better, continue to work hard," he said a third time.
Will that be enough? Reynolds hopes. He said that over the last three years he has had to get into better shape and, more important, refine his technique. He has to be quicker than he used to be. His hand placement must be more precise, his footwork more disciplined.
As opposed to former offensive line coach Juan Castillo, Reynolds said, Howard Mudd demands his linemen be more aggressive. Reynolds needs to be the master of his own hands and feet, because then he can focus more on his assignment on each play. If he doesn't, if he's more busy making sure his hands shoot to the inside of an opponent than reacting to how the defense is aligned, Reynolds said, he'll get beat every time. And he can't get beat, almost ever. This camp, there is no room for error.
Reynolds added that he must know both guard positions - like the one he has played while filling in for Mathis - as well as he knows center. If he can play all three positions, he's more valuable to the team.
Either way, Reynolds' long-term future could be determined in the next month as player after player gets cut. And for a person in the position of Reynolds, who is married with a daughter, the thought of what is at stake this month could make you queasy.
So, how does he handle the pressure?
"I'm not going to worry about all that other stuff," he said Friday.
"I try not to think about all that stuff," he said when asked again.
"You don't try to think about it," he said a third time.
A third time. That wasn't the charm for Reynolds last season. But maybe the fourth camp will be the charm. For him, it better be, or there might not be a fifth.