Undrafted rookie quarterback Tyler Bray recently won the battle for 3rd string quarterback, after former Chiefs QB Ricky Stanzi was released during the first round of roster cuts last week. Soon after earning an established roster spot, Bray is now knocking on the door of Chase Daniel and his role as the back-up quarterback to starter Alex Smith.
While only a rookie, and an undrafted rookie at that, Bray has displayed impressive physical attributes during camp and the pre-season, most notably, the power he puts into his long and even mid-range passes. Bray’s powerful arm strength is easily the most of any quarterback on the roster.
The final and fourth week of the pre-season brought a matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Tyler Bray was brought in in the 2nd quarter and played out the remainder of the game. The magic began towards the closing minutes of the first half, when Bray led the team on a long drive, resulting in an eight-yard touchdown pass from Bray to wide receiver Junior Hemmingway. This was the first of three total touchdowns for Bray. Bray’s second score came with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, on a deep 43-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Bellemy, further showing off Bray’s arm strength. Bray’s final scoring play came with five minutes remaining in the game, on a nine yard pass to wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. Bray finished the night having completed 14 out of 25 pass attempts for 169 passing yards (and 2 rushes for 14 yards), three touchdowns and a 100 passer rating.
This impressive performance is only further emphasised by Chase Daniel’s lack-lustre showing. Daniel finished the game having competed 4 out of 8 pass attempts for 27 yards, one interception and an 18 passer rating.
Head Coach Andy Reid has stated that rookie Tyler Bray will not be taking Daniel’s position at present, however, it must be noted that this comment by Coach Reid may be influenced by how recently Daniel was signed, and how large of a contract he received (for a back-up ). If the decision of back-up quarterback was made purely by performance during the 2013 NFL season, Bray would be in legitimate contention at the current time, however, this is not the case.
With more practice time, and the recent attention he has received from the fans, Tyler Bray is bound to eventually take the back-up quarterback spot assuming he continues to progress and capitalize on his already intriguing physical attributes.