After falling short to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game last season the Chiefs brought in reinforcements. On offense to counter the loss of wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs acquired veterans JuJu Smith-Schuster formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Marquez Valdes-Scantling who spent his first four seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

The Chiefs hit the defensive side of the ball as well. Days before signing Smith-Schuster, the Chiefs brought in veteran safety Justin Reid, who spent four years with the Houston Texans.

Reid has never been mistaken for an elite player at his position. However, Nick Shook of NFL.com listed potential first-time Pro Bowl candidates for each AFC team, and Reid was the Chief’s selection.

Shook on Reid garnering possible Pro Bowl honors:

“Reid left the rebuilding Texans for the win-now Chiefs, and he has big shoes to fill. He arrives as the replacement for Tyrann Mathieu in a defense that has seen considerable turnover on the back end, but if his past performance on a competitive team is proof, he should elevate his play to match the expectations of the Chiefs. If Steve Spagnuolo can use Reid as he did Mathieu, it’s fair to expect Reid to be a standout for Kansas City and perhaps even earn that first Pro Bowl invite. The team certainly showed confidence in him by offering a three-year, $31.5 million deal.”

Reid has been a solid player during his four-year career. He’s started 53 of the 57 games he’s played in. Reid has amassed 315 tackles (230 solo tackles), seven interceptions, 23 passes defended, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two sacks.

The Chiefs are hoping that Reid can increase their interception total of 15 ranked 13th last season (finished with 29 turnovers, fourth-most in the NFL). If Reid can provide a boost defensively for the Chiefs to go along with their annually high-powered offense, a fifth consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance may be on the horizon.

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