LA Chargers: 3 new players on the Chiefs to worry about

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2. Jarran Reed

Outside of Joe Thuney, Jarran Reed was the biggest free-agent signing that the Kansas City Chiefs made this offseason. Reed has an elite last name that instantly makes him one of the best players in football, period.

All jokes aside, the Chiefs' defense is not going to be much better next season than it was this previous season. The team did not make any significant free-agent additions to the defense outside of Reed.

While they did trade for cornerback Mike Hughes, that is not going to make a ton of difference. It is easy to get caught up in the headline that Hughes is a former first-round pick but he has not really done anything in his career thus far. The Chargers do not have to worry about him.

Reed, on the other hand, is going to be implemental in the Chiefs' interior defensive line, particularly in stopping the run. Reed is even more important to the defensive line with Frank Clark potentially facing three years in jail. Everyone on that defensive line is going to have to step up.

While Reed's numbers have dipped a bit the last two seasons, he showed in 2018 that he can be a legitimate dual-threat defensive tackle. Reed was not only a great presence against the run but was great in getting to the passer, recording 10.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hits.

Those are serious numbers for a defensive tackle and he should not be slept on.

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