With the preseason officially underway for the Kansas City Chiefs, KC Kingdom wants to provide fans with Chiefs player profiles up until the regular season begins. Today’s featured player is backup quarterback Chase Daniel.
How did Chase Daniel become a Kansas City Chief?
Chase didn’t come to Kansas City until the 2013 offseason. He played his college ball at the University of Missouri and had quite the career for Mizzou. Daniel was up for the Heisman Trophy his senior year, but lost out to Florida sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow. I personally was rooting for Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan that year. Sorry Tiger fans.
Despite his success in college, Chase went undrafted and eventually was signed by the Washington Redskins. The team waived him and Chase then went on to sign with the New Orleans Saints, where he backed up Drew Brees until the end of the 2012 season.
It’s worth noting that Chase Daniel has a Super Bowl ring, as the Saints won the Super Bow in the 2009 season. Chase didn’t even take to the field that year.
The 2013 season brought Chase to Kansas City to reunite with the state he played at in college. Chase was brought on shortly after the Chiefs traded for quarterback Alex Smith, so it was common knowledge that he would be a backup, but it was still exciting to have a local guy come back home.
Chase actually had pretty good stats in his first year with the Chiefs. He even got to start his very first NFL game in week 17 against the San Diego Chargers where he went 21-30 for 200 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 59 yards. The Chiefs went on to lose in overtime, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort on Daniel’s part.
2014 preseason stats
Chase threw an awful pick six in the first preseason game last Thursday night. He made up for it later on with a beautiful pass to tight end Travis Kelce that went 69 yards for a touchdown. Well done Chase.
Chase is well liked here, that’s for sure. Right now he’s vying for a spot on the Chiefs roster along with quarterbacks Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray. While there’s a chance that Chase might be let go, I have faith that he’ll stay in Kansas City for at least one more season. Bray and Murray aren’t quite ready to take the reigns yet, should something happen to Smith.
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