Chiefs safety Justin Reid nails 65-yard field goal in practice

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Justin Reid plays safety for the Chiefs, but he’s a valuable backup kicker.

Reid put a ball on the ground using a kicker’s warmup stand and blasted a 65-yard field goal in practice yesterday, clearing the cross bar with room to spare. Granted, he was doing it without a snap, hold and rush, which makes it easier than game conditions, but to make a kick from 65 yards under any conditions is an incredible feat of leg strength.

This isn’t the first time Reid has shown off his kicking skills. In last year’s final preseason game, Reid kicked off for the Texans because their regular kicker got hurt in pregame warmups. Two of his kickoffs went inside the 5-yard line and resulted in the Texans tackling the returner inside the 25, and on one of them Reid actually ran down the field and got in on the tackle. After that game he said he was thrilled the team gave him the opportunity to kick in a game.

“I’ve been looking forward to this moment for so long, I can’t tell you how excited I was when the coaches said, ‘You’re up this game,'” Reid said. “I was like, ‘Really I get one?’ They said, ‘No, you’re up the whole game.’ I was excited to be out there. It was a dream come true.”

Reid looks like he could genuinely make it as a kicker in the NFL.

7 responses to “Chiefs safety Justin Reid nails 65-yard field goal in practice

  1. Color me impressed. I was thinking he could save a roster spot but a 2nd thought was you would never want your kicker to be a full time player. Lose your safety to injury and now you have to go for 2 after every score.

  2. Reason #127 why he’s better than the money badger. Looking forward to having a safety who actually makes tackles.

  3. A nice way to extend one’s career. Once you lose a step at safety, you could continue for years afterwards as a kicker.

  4. Great option for kickoffs. Instead of a non tackler kicking, you have that extra tackler. Someone the return unit must block

  5. Incredible feat, but no where near the same as doing so under game conditions. Like a HR in batting practice vs. a game.

  6. “…you would never want your kicker to be a full time player.”


    Before the age of specialization, it was normal to have your punters & placekickers play other positions.
    The last players who did that into the 1960’s that come to mind are Lou Michaels, Lou Groza, and of course George Blanda. Donny Anderson was a running back who punted.
    I believe that there’s a few more players who punted and played other positions.

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