Justin Reid

Chiefs Plan To Have S Justin Reid Handle Kickoffs

The NFL’s new kickoff rules are expected to bring about an uptick in the rate of returns and many teams may prioritize size and tackling on kick coverage teams compared to years past. In the case of the Chiefs, that may very well include Justin Reid handling kickoff duties.

The veteran safety said during an appearance on Chris Long’s Green Light Podcast that Kansas City plans on using him (rather than kicker Harrison Butker) on kickoffs. With more returns set to take place in 2024, adding a defender to the coverage team would provide an upgrade in terms of tackling compared to kickers. That is the thought process behind this projected move.

“The advantage for us is that if I’m doing the job – which is what we’re planning on doing – then I can fill that last gap, so it makes it a little bit easier and nobody needs to win two gaps,” Reid explained. The 27-year-old has previously filled in for Butker as an emergency kicker handling field goal and extra point duties as well as kickoffs.

“We’re in a great place with it,” head coach Andy Reid added. “Although I know [Butker] can make some tackles, I think he’s excited to preserve himself, and we can use him where we really need him, which is those fourth-quarter situations to go nail a 60-yard field goal and win the game. It would be devastating to try and trot a guy out there who’s still nicked up from trying to make a tackle in the second quarter.”

Plenty is unknown regarding how the new, XFL-style kickoff alignment will shake out and the manner in which teams will react to it. If the Chiefs do manage to find success by replacing Butker with Reid, though, it will be interesting to see how many teams mimic their approach. Of course, the chance of injury is present for the latter, an important member of Kansas City’s defense.

Reid signed a three-year, $31.5MM deal with the Chiefs in 2022. The former Texan has served as a full-time defensive starter since then, racking up 178 tackles and 14 pass deflections along the way while helping the team win consecutive Super Bowls. An injury suffered on special teams would leave Kansas City without a key member of the secondary, but the team is prepared to at least begin the campaign by accepting that risk.

Chiefs To Sign S Justin Reid

Justin Reid is leaving Houston. The veteran safety is signing with the Chiefs, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter). It’s a three-year deal worth $31.5MM, including $20MM in guaranteed money (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter).

The younger brother of Eric Reid, Justin Reid was a third-round pick out of Stanford in 2018. He spent his entire four year career with the Texans, snagging seven interceptions and collecting 23 passes defended. This included a 2021 campaign where Reid started all 13 games and collected 66 tackles and two picks.

Both Reid and the Texans were interested in a reunion, but it sounds like Reid may have ultimately priced himself out of Houston. We heard previously that the market for Reid could be so robust that it’d be “financially inadvisable” for the player to stick around Houston, indicating that the Texans had a limit to what they’d offer.

In addition to the Texans, the Bears, Eagles, and Ravens were mentioned as potential suitors. Instead, the 25-year-old will be heading to one of the top teams in the AFC. This move would seemingly confirm that Tyrann Mathieu will indeed be playing elsewhere in 2022.

Texans Open To Re-Signing S Justin Reid

After starting 53 games for the Texans over the past four seasons, Justin Reid is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career. If the Texans have their way, they’ll re-sign the 25-year-old safety.

“I’ve talked to his representatives, we’ve had some dialogue,” Texans general manager Nick Caserio said today (via Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com). “I’m certainly open to bringing Justin back. Justin is a good player. He’s well thought of around the league. I know he has a lot of respect for Lovie. He had an opportunity to play in his system. If he has an opportunity to come back here, it’s another year in the same system.

“Free agency is free agency, so the market dictates where players fit and how they fall. We’ll evaluate everything. Justin is a good player and he’s done a lot of good things for the team and in the community so we’ll see how it goes in the next couple of weeks.”

One source told Wilson that Reid is expected to have a “healthy enough market” when he hits free agency, with the Bears, Eagles, and Ravens mentioned as potential suitors. In fact, the league source believed the market for the safety could be so robust that it’d be “financially inadvisable” for the player to stick around Houston. However, the promotion of Lovie Smith could be a “game-changer” when it comes to Reid’s mentality heading into free agency.

The younger brother of Eric Reid, Justin Reid was a third-round pick out of Stanford in 2018. He’s spent his entire four year career with the Texans, snagging seven interceptions and collecting 23 passes defended. This included a 2021 campaign where Reid started all 13 games and collected 66 tackles and two picks.

Justin Reid Open To Re-Signing With Texans

According to a recent report, the Texans expect Justin Reid to sign elsewhere this offseason. But, for his part, the safety says he’s open to staying in Houston (Twitter link via SiriusXM). 

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The 25-year-old is “not opposed to the idea of staying” with the Texans, though he stopped short of any guarantees. Last season, David Culley benched Reid for a game, citing a violation of team rules. Reid didn’t take kindly to that, but Culley has since been replaced by new head coach Lovie Smith.

Honestly, it made a bigger impact than I would have thought it would have,” said Reid. “I didn’t know he was in the running [but] I think he’s more than qualified. He’s done it before, he’s been to a Super Bowl and he gets guys to play hard for him…I actually have a deep love and respect for [Smith], his coaching philosophy, [and] the way he’s able to get the best out of his players.”

As far as Reid is concerned, the Smith hire was a “tremendous move” for GM Nick Caserio & Co. So, if the Texans are willing to make him a competitive offer, he’s willing to listen.

Given his age and past performance, Reid should garner a fair amount of attention. Teams may be more focused on the rest of the safety class which features Tyrann Mathieu, Jessie Bates, and Quandre Diggs, but the Stanford product would come at a much lower rate. On the flipside, teams may be concerned about his injury history, which includes a wrist ailment in 2021 and labrum surgery in 2020.

For his career, Reid has 315 tackles to his credit with seven total interceptions. He also upped his pass coverage this year with an improved completion rate of 53%.

Texans Don’t Expect To Re-Sign S Justin Reid

The safety class could feature quite a few notable names in free agency. One of those is Justin Reid, who, as Sarah Barshop of ESPN notes, is likely to head elsewhere on the open market. 

Specifically, Barshop writes that “the Texans don’t expect Reid to be back in 2022”, as his rookie contract is set to expire. The team couldn’t agree on a new deal at any point with the 25-year-old, who was benched in a violation of team rules following a disagreement with then-head coach David Culley this past season.

Injuries have been a constant in Reid’s NFL career up to this point. He has undergone offseason surgery twice – most recently in 2020 to repair a torn labrum – and finished the 2021 campaign on IR with a wrist injury, though he has mostly been able to play through pain, earning the Ed Block Courage Award in 2019. In four seasons, Reid has suited up for 57 of a possible 65 games, demonstrating his value along the way.

Since becoming a starter shortly into his rookie season, Reid has been on the field for no less than 90% of the Texans’ defensive snaps. While it was cut short, 2021 did also see an improvement from him in pass coverage, as he allowed a completion percentage of 53%. Overall, Reid has packed the stat sheet with a total of 315 tackles, seven interceptions and 23 pass breakups with the Texans.

Reid likely won’t garner the attention or salary of the likes of Tyrann Mathieu, Jessie Bates and Quandre Diggs in the coming weeks, but he would represent a quality addition to the back end of almost any defense in the league.

NFL COVID-19 List Updates: 1/12/22

Today’s updates for the reserve/COVID-19 and practice squad/COVID-19 lists:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: TE Maxx Williams (remains on IR)

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Placed on practice squad/COVID-19 list: TE Mark Vital

New England Patriots

San Francisco 49ers

  • Restored from practice squad/COVID-19 list: QB Tyler Bray

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Football Team

  • Restored from practice squad/COVID-19 list: DT David Bada

NFL COVID-19 List Updates: 1/3/22

Here are Monday’s activations from and placements on the reserve/COVID-19 lists:

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: OT Mike Remmers (remains on IR)

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: RB Raymond Calais (remains on IR)

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/16/20

Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

Denver Broncos

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

  • Placed on IR: S Saquan Hamilton

Philadelphia Eagles

Texans’ Justin Reid Done For Year

The season is over for Justin Reid. The Texans are set to place the safety on the injured reserve list with a hand injury, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets

It’s familiar territory for Reid, who has undergone surgery in each of the last two offseasons. Before the 2019 season, he went under the knife for a wrist injury. Last year, it was a torn labrum. It’s not immediately clear whether Reid will require surgery this time but, at minimum, he’ll need some time to rest and recover.

Reid’s season ends with 83 stops, two sacks, six tackles for a loss, and four quarterback hits. Despite the roadblocks, the former 2018 third-round pick from Stanford has quietly established himself as one of the game’s better young safeties. He’s also shown that he can play through the pain. Up until this year, Reid missed only regular season game with a concussion. Last year, he started in every one of the club’s other 15 games, picking up two interceptions to go along with 78 total tackles. He was also on the field for every defensive snap in both of the Texans’ postseason contests.

It was a rough Sunday for everyone in Houston as the Texans lost to the Bears, dropping their second straight game in lopsided fashion. They’ll wrap the season against the Colts, Bengals, and Titans before embarking on a pivotal offseason.

AFC South Notes: Reader, Colts, Titans

The Texans lost D.J. Reader to an unlikely team, with the Bengals deviating from a long-conservative free agency philosophy to sign the breakout defensive lineman to a four-year, $53MM deal. Bill O’Brien confirmed (via the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, on Twitter) the Texans wanted to keep Reader. The seventh-year Texans HC/first-year Texans GM said team brass had “good conversations” with the interior defender’s camp about a new deal but acknowledged the team “couldn’t get that one done.” The Bills, Broncos and Titans were among the known Reader suitors before the Bengals swooped in. The Texans initially came in with a $6MM-per-year offer before the 2019 season, but Reader’s bet on himself translated into $13MM-plus-AAV deal. Houston has not made a move to replace Reader up front. The Texans have $35MM in cap space but are working on a Laremy Tunsil extension and obviously have a Deshaun Watson deal to consider.

Here is the latest out of the AFC South:

  • Justin Reid made a pitch to O’Brien to consider his brother as an addition at safety, Wilson notes. The Panthers recently released Eric Reid. In addition to the younger Reid brother, Houston employs Tashaun Gipson at safety and just signed Eric Murray to a deal that surprised many. The Texans are not likely to make another major addition at this position this offseason.
  • Coming off one of the worst kicking seasons in modern NFL history, the Titans are bringing back late-season addition Greg Joseph. But they will add competition soon, GM Jon Robinson confirmed (via Jim Wyatt of TennesseeTitans.com). Robinson said the team will look in both free agency and the draft for its second kicker. The Titans went a ghastly 8-for-18 on field goals last season. Joseph did not attempt a field goal in two regular-season games with Tennessee and only attempted one — a make — in the Titans’ three playoff games. The former Browns kicker made all 18 of his extra point tries, however, and was successful on 25 of 29 field goal tries during his 2018 season in Cleveland.
  • The ColtsT.J. Carrie addition did not seem to add up given Kenny Moore‘s place as one of the league’s best slot cornerbacks, but GM Chris Ballard said the team needed better depth at this position (via Stephen Holder of The Athletic, on Twitter). Carrie has played both inside and outside during his time with the Browns and Raiders and will likely be given time at both spots with the Colts. He’s done his best NFL work in the slot, however, so Indianapolis should be covered behind Moore this season. Moore missed five games due to injury in 2019.