Kansas City Chiefs safety Justin Reid has pulled off a remarkable field goal during a recent training session.
With six straight AFC West titles under their belts, and with the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce leading the offense, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Kansas City Chiefs are on course of making it seven in a row this year.
But whilst the offense might still be seen as one of the best in the league, despite the loss of Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, the one thing that should give them some cause for alarm is the defense, which gave up 6,272 total yards in the regular season last year, the 6th most of anyone in the NFL.
Which is why the Chiefs went pretty hard in addressing that side of the ball during the offseason, with three of their first four draft picks being defenders; cornerback Trent McDuffie, defensive lineman George Karlaftis and safety Bryan Cook.
Experience as well as youth
One other move that they made was the addition of safety Justin Reid to add further support to a defensive backfield that gave up 4,273 yards in the passing game.
The 25-year-old comes to the Chiefs from the Houston Texans where he has shown himself to be something of a nuisance to receivers. In his four years in the NFL so far, he’s had 315 combined tackles, 7 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 pick-six:
But whilst he may be useful to them in the backfield, if they ever need him for special teams, he might just be able to offer a helping… foot.
What’s he done?
Whilst he had a bit of free time during Chiefs training camp, Reid decided to try his hand at being a kicker for the day and managed to do something that a lot of kickers in the NFL haven’t managed to do, and that’s put it throug the uprights from 65 yards:
The longest field goal in NFL history remains Justin Tucker’s 66-yard effort from last year, so Reid wasn’t too far off from something even more special. Now of course this is just practice and whether or not he could do it in a game, with pads on, in different weather conditions and with players rushing towards him is a totally different conversation.
But if anything happens to the Chiefs’ regular kicker Harrison Butker, at least they’ve got someone on the team who might do a job for them rather than having to reach out for someone else.