The Kansas City Chiefs have several position battles taking place during training camp. One of the more intriguing battles is for the third quarterback spot on the roster. Right now that battle consists of Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray battling it out for that third spot. So far it really has been too close to call.
Both guys have looked good at times, although you could make the argument that since Bray has already had 1 year of NFL experience he should be out-playing Murray. That aside, there has not been a clear-cut winner, but this doesn’t mean we can speculate now does it?
In Favor of Bray -
Tyler has all of the tools, he is 6’6″, weighs 215 lbs, only 22 years old, and has a cannon for an arm. He can make all of the throws and is unquestionably the most naturally gifted of all the Chiefs quarterbacks, Alex Smith included.
In high school, Bray lead his team to a perfect 13-0 season throwing for over 3300 yards and 41 TD’s. He was the 7th best pro-style quarterback recruit according to Rivals.com.
With all of this said, you’d think this would be an open and closed case, right? Well not quite…
Against Bray -
There is leadership and character questions all over the place. First and foremost the water ski incident (Source: Yardbarker.com). This little shenanigan might very well have cost Bray millions of dollars.
Not only was he charged with 2 misdemeanors (one for reckless operation of a personal watercraft and the other for not having a boating education certificate), but he went undrafted in the 2012 draft.Bray seemed to be more talented than most of the other quarterbacks drafted above him in an already QB thin draft.
Now this might have all been forgiven with wins, but again Bray fell well short of expectations. Take a look at Tennessee’s win/loss record for the 3 years he attended:
Not to mention he was 0-3 vs current competitor Aaron Murray, losing 41-14 in 2010, 20-12 in 2011, and 51-44 in 2012.
All of this is certainly eye-brow raising, but the icing on the cake is this picture which can be seen here (courtesy of Jon Cooper at Saturday Down South). If this doesn’t scream immaturity I don’t know what else does. All of this was the reason all the NFL teams decided to take a pass on Bray.