Football is in the air at last! KC Kingdom wants to get you pumped up for the regular season by providing player profiles until the very first kick off of the season. Today’s featured player is quarterback Tyler Bray.
How did Tyler Bray become a Kansas City Chief?
Tyler Bray attended Tennessee for three seasons. Bray had a pretty nice career with the Volunteers, as he threw for over 7,400 yards and 69 touchdowns. Bray made the decision to forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, and ended up going undrafted.
Bray later signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs nabbing another quarterback wasn’t too surprising since the other possible third stringer on the roster at the time was Iowa product Ricky Stanzi, who hadn’t done much even in the Chiefs’ terrible 2012 season.
The good news for Bray during last year’s preseason was that he edged out Stanzi for the third quarterback spot on the roster. The quarterback position was pretty well sketched out for everyone: Alex Smith was the starter, Chase Daniel was the back up, and Bray was the rookie third string quarterback.
Bray may not have seen any regular season action, but he did have a decent showing during the preseason. He saw the majority of his playing time during a preseason matchup against Green Bay where he threw for 169 yards, three touchdowns, and just one interception. The Chiefs ended up winning that game by a score of 30-8.
Bray served as Chase Daniel’s backup in the week 17 game against the Chargers. Sure, it was only because Alex Smith sat that game out so that he could have a week of rest before the playoffs the following week, but experience is experience, right?
I recently wrote an article on who might take over if Alex Smith decides to part ways with Kansas City after this year (not saying that’s going to happen, it’s just hypothetical) and there’s a nice little segment on Bray in it. Check it out right here.
It’s hard to say what Bray’s future will be in Kansas City. Most fans felt comfortable going into this season with the same QB lineup as 2013, but the Chiefs ended up selecting Georgia prodigy Aaron Murray in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. Murray was a solid quarterback during his college days and he will definitely give Bray a run for his money.
While it would be a bummer to see Bray not make the team, I won’t be surprised if it happens. He is going to need to show up BIG during training camp and the preseason games if he wants to edge out Daniel and Murray.
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