Houston Texans safety Justin Reid had a memorable preasason finale as the Texans used him as a kicker against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbarn was unable to play against the Buccaneers and Reid, who on Thursday expressed a desire to kick in a game one day, got his wish fulfilled.
The Texans didn't attempt a field goal or an extra point as both times after their touchdown they went for a two-point conversion. However, they let Reid kick after their every score. The Texans, who lost 23-16, would have let Reid kick a field goal had they made it to the around 24-yard line.
"I was ready the whole game," Reid said, per ESPN. "I don't know if you [caught] me on the sideline. I had my helmet strapped every time we were down there to see if I would get to go out there." Reid insisted suiting up as a kicker was a dream come true.
"I had the time of my life," Reid said. "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.' And I was like, 'Really, I get one?' They said, 'No, you're up the whole game.'
So I was so excited to be out there. It was a dream come true."
The moment Reid will never forget
"I'll tell you what, man," Reid said. "I've made some plays at safety, but as much as I've been excited to actually kick the ball, this is going to go down as one of my favorite moments."
Elsewhere, Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins suffered a knee injury on the opening drive of the team's preseason finale against the Washington Football Team. "That one hurts, bro, because you know how much work he put in [and] the type of guy he is," Ravens wide receiver James Proche said of Dobbins' injury.
"He loves the game. Any time a game is taken away from a dude like, you really feel for him." Dobbins sat out the rest of the game but the Ravens ended up winning 37-3. "I was hoping for nothing, but I know he's going to be fine regardless of what happens," Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen said of Dobbins' injury.
"Prayers out for him, for sure." The Ravens have now won 20 consecutive preseason games. "I just think it's really cool. ... There's a lot of guys watching on TV telling their kids about that accomplishment and that they were a part of that," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said of the preseason record. "That's the most meaningful thing."