Keith Reaser was with Kansas City Chiefs in their 2018 training camp before an injury derailed his roster spot. After starring in the AAF, Reaser has a chance to stick with the Chiefs this time around.
Since the conclusion of the 2018 season, Brett Veach and Andy Reid have set out to remake a Kansas City Chiefs defense that too often failed the team. New coordinators and new faces were brought in to replace old names and faces to rebuild the defense, one that was downright ugly a season ago.
An old face from a new place has been brought in to compete for a spot.
Keith Reaser was with the Chiefs near the end of 2017, appearing in the game at Denver that we all know as the debut of Patrick Mahomes. During training camp this past season, Reaser appeared destined to be a part of the roster before an injury led to his release.
After a stint with the Alliance of American Football, Reaser is back with the Chiefs to help provide depth at cornerback.
Reaser was the top graded corner by Pro Football Focus, allowing zero touchdowns during his time with the Orlando Apollos and pulling down three interceptions. PFF graded Reaser out as the second best graded player from AAF.
With good size and decent familiarity with the organization, Reaser will be learning the new defense same as everyone else. Reaser not only has good size, but he’s also a young player, who has shown that he has the chops to be the best at his position. This means he has a chance to make the Chiefs roster and provide depth at a position the Chiefs desperately need help at.
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The AAF isn’t what the NFL is as far as talent goes, and that needs to be noted. However, Reaser was arguably the best cornerback in the short-lived league and anything positive he can provide the Chiefs would be welcomed by the team. The secondary was awful last year, so any help would be terrific.
No, Reaser is not the type of player fans should expect to come in and compete to be a starter and not good enough that the Chiefs opt not to draft a cornerback in the upcoming draft. However, Reaser has experience in the NFL, and with the Chiefs, and is certainly someone we can expect to compete for a position on the final 53-man roster.
Also, don’t be surprised if the Chiefs bring in additional players from the AAF. The Chiefs have depth issues at numerous spots on their roster and again, while spring football alumnus likely won’t become stars they can provide depth and competition for the roster.
The AAF might be disbanded, but the players from the league can still contribute to the NFL. Keith Reaser will hopefully be proof of that.