Since Kansas City Chiefs’ free-agency acquisition of defensive tackle Jarran Reed, there has been a long-running question about how it could affect the use of All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones. Reed and Derrick Nnadi together, for example, could form a formidable interior in their own right, and that could lead to Jones playing more from the outside.
Chiefs Defense Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo noted last week that the team has extensively explored this possibility during volunteer organized team activities (OTAs), which conclude on Friday.
“Chris is working through it – and he’s been great,” Spagnuolo said at the time. “He has been here and been a part of it all. I think it’s important: when you change position, it’s just not that easy to assemble a whole new place – and we do some different things with the defensive ends. So he wants to play out there a bit – and you know we’ll move him in again when we have to. ”
Jones did not participate in practice during the media appearance on Thursday, but at times he has been active, Reed has been impressed.
“Chris is a great guy,” Reed said in one Zoom conference calls on Thursday. “You can tell this is his team and I’m just following suit. He’s a good guy, good teammate, funny, he’s a really cool guy. His game is immaculate, it explains itself how he plays. One of the best there is in the league and of course we all see each other and he is all he has done I can understand why. He puts in work and he works hard every day. ”
Reed addressed the idea that his presence with the team could push Jones outward on several downturns.
“I’m not surprised,” noted Reed Jones’ flexibility. “When you’re that caliber of a player, you have to be able to move all the time on the defensive line, and I actually like that side, stay with 3-technique and he stays a D-end.”
During his brief conference call with the media, Reed praised the defensive line room and specifically highlighted his colleague’s defensive tackle Turk Wharton as a player who may not have talked enough.
Reed also said he looks forward to having an opportunity to practice with former and now-again teammate Frank Clark. That has been well documented that both Clarks and Reeds best seasons came in 2018 as members of Seattle Seahawks when combined to 23.5 bags and 79 prints.
But Clark has not yet participated in any of the voluntary OTA media.
“Frank and I go beyond football,” Reed said. “I think the chemistry will be just fine. I actually think we’ll just probably continue where we left off in Seattle. I know it’s been a couple of years, but we’ll see when that part comes here. ”
It looks like it’s going to be next week – Tuesday, when the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp begins.