What does Chiefs' signing of free agent DT Jarran Reed mean for Chris Jones?


What does Chiefs' signing of free agent DT Jarran Reed mean for Chris Jones?

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Speaking of Jones’ extension, when it was signed, Andy Reid made an interesting comment.

“He’s done everything that he’s needed to do to become a top defensive tackle in the National Football League,” Reid said. “He probably could be the same thing at defensive end on the outside as he is on the inside.”

At first, it felt like Reid was just complimenting his newly signed player, but he tipped his hand a bit here. Over the past several seasons, the Chiefs have used Jones more frequently at the defensive end position. It started in Week 9 of the 2019 season against the Minnesota Vikings when they needed him to play there due to injuries. They continued to utilize him at that spot into the playoffs.

According to Pro Football Focus, Jones played 176 snaps at the right and left defensive end spots in 2019. In 2020, the team actually increased his workload there with 221 total snaps aligned at either defensive end position, per PFF. Adding a player like Reed to the mix should allow for the team to continue to utilize Jones off the edge a bit more frequently.

The idea here is simple: On first and second down, you keep the big run-stuffing bodies up-and-down the line. On third-down, you have both Reed and Jones inside causing havoc, with guys like Frank Clark and Taco Charlton pinning their ears back on the edges.