Andy Reid: Donovan Smith will begin OTAs at left tackle

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When the Chiefs signed Jawaan Taylor to a four-year deal in March, the club was expected to move him over to left tackle for the 2023 season.

But things changed last week when Kansas City signed veteran left tackle Donovan Smith.

Head coach Andy Reid said on Monday that Smith will start OTAs as the first-team left tackle with Taylor at right tackle. That keeps the players at the positions they played on their former teams, with Smith on the Buccaneers and Taylor on the Jaguars. But it keeps the door open for things to change later on.

Reid said the Chiefs liked that Smith has “been a left tackle at a high level.”

“If you look at last year, he was hurt,” Reid said in his press conference. “The year before that, he was one of the top-graded left tackles in the league. And we’ve had a chance to play against him a couple times and seen him first-hand there. He’s a good football player.”

Smith, who turns 30 in June, has started 124 games since the Buccaneers selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft. A second-round pick in 2019, Taylor has 66 career starts.

5 responses to “Andy Reid: Donovan Smith will begin OTAs at left tackle

  1. Orlando Brown man… Travesty he got away for less than what they’re paying a RT. Traded a first rounder to Baltimore for his rights.

  2. Hey Coach Reid, get used to hearing the following: “Holding, no. 76, offense”. Usually this happens after a big play.

  3. He’s a good player. His dumb penalties at the worst times drove me crazy!

  4. Chiefs dropped the ball on this. Spent a 1 for brown and couldn’t get him under contract for whatever reason. Lose him to their most heated rival at the time for much less than what kc was offering. Then had to overspend for Taylor for 20 million a season and who they were projecting to move to LT. Then they sign Donovan for 9 mill to play LT which imo is better than seeing what you get with Taylor at left. Imagine you love Taylor paying him 20 million and he flops at the position? That would be a colossal failure.

  5. The amount of times I saw this guy killing a promise drive because a penalty is uncountable. I wish him luck but I am glad he is not longer a buccaneer.

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