Getty Kansas City Chiefs deep Justin Reid at the 11th annual NFL awards show.
There has been no shortage of predictions about how the Kansas City Chiefs offense will perform in the post-Tyreek Hill era. While there are concerns that quarterback Patrick Mahomes no longer has a three-time All-Pro wide receiver to throw to, that hasn’t stopped NFL executives from having high expectations for Kansas City’s offense, along with teammates such as newly- Signed deep Justin Reid.
Reid joined NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Wednesday, July 13, and set a high bar for the defending AFC West champion offense in 2022.
“The Chiefs offense is going to do what we always do. We’re going to come out, we’re going to put up 100 points,” Reid said July 13. “We have the best quarterback in soccer in the game. Top three, in no particular order, although I’m sure you can guess who my number one is – Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers. And when you have a quarterback and you have an offensive system, a coordinator that can mix things up all the time, you’re always going to score points.”
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Reid doubles up on a bold claim.
Reid then doubled down on the Chiefs by predicting quality play from them in all three phases of the game next season.
“We’re going to combine that with great soccer across the board. Complementary offense, defense, special teams, and we’re going to go out and win games. We’re in the toughest division in the NFL, that’s no secret. There will be fireworks every time someone plays and you’ll want to see it.”
With the addition of players like wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and running back Ronald Jones II, there’s no telling what Kansas City’s offense will look like in the first season without Hill until we see them live in a game. But based on the excitement the unit created this offseason during OTAs and minicamp, we can expect some standout plays from the Chiefs offense as long as Mahomes is the starting quarterback.
Former Chiefs veteran could be cut from NFC roster.
This offseason, the Chiefs parted ways with veteran deep Dan Sorensen, who signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints after spending eight years in Kansas City.
The Saints signed Sorensen to bolster their safety room along with New York Jets deep Marcus Maye, whom they signed for three years and $28.5 million. However, New Orleans then signed former Chiefs deep Tyrann Mathieu to a three-year deal in May. The Saints probably didn’t expect Mathieu to be available months later when they decided to sign both Sorensen and Maye, which now puts them in a tough spot in training camp at the end of July.
That’s why one analyst believes Sorensen could be on the hot seat before the NFL 2022 regular season.
Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine named seven NFL veterans who could find themselves on the roster bubble in training camp and named Sorensen as one of those veterans.
“[Sorensen] could still end up making the team as a special teams ace, but he’s a liability in coverage,” Ballentine wrote on July 12 . .”
Maye’s 2021 season came to an end when he was placed on the injured reserve list last November due to a torn Achilles tendon. So, his gradual return to full action this summer could help Sorensen remain on the roster for at least part of the 2022 regular season in New Orleans. But as Ballentine said, “the 32-year-old will have to earn his keep during training camp.”