The Kansas City Chiefs believe in starting quarterback Alex Smith and they truly feel that he can be the guy that gets them to the next level, but there is one quarterback buried on the depth chart that has been catching the eye of the Chiefs personnel members and quietly impressing the team with how he is performing on the practice field.
That player is undrafted free agent signal-caller Tyler Bray, who was a standout with the Tennessee Volunteers during his college days.
From the Kansas City Star:
Internally, Bray has impressed the Chiefs’ decision makers as much as anyone in training camp. Bray is here, officially, as an undrafted free agent, but there has never been much doubt about his talent.
This is partly because incumbent No. 3 Ricky Stanzi has yet to show much promise, and partly because NFL teams never feel like they have enough quarterbacks.
But most of it is that Bray has real talent — NFL starter talent — and the Chiefs think they have the best environment to bring it out.
There was no doubt about Bray’s arm talent coming out of Tennessee, but his off-field issues still caused coaches and NFL general managers to pass up on his surfaces as he fell through the cracks all the way to the undrafted ranks.
Now that Bray has his chance, however, he is ready to show how he is improved.
“I have to prove my maturity,” Bray says. “Lots of doubts about my maturity coming out of college, which I knew I had to fix. I’m just trying to be a man in football. I mean, not the man, but, just, be a man. Grow up. Know what you have to do. Study the playbook. It’s not about having fun anymore, it’s a job now. But you can have fun on the field.”
If Bray can continue to mature and show off his skills during training camp and the preseason, then he will steadily climb up the team’s depth chart and find himself with a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.