Quarterback battles are always all the rage in the NFL, but for the Kansas City Chiefs, their backup quarterback discussion took an interesting turn on Tuesday. Tyler Bray has been announced as the current backup.
With three other quarterbacks on the KC Chiefs’ roster outside of Alex Smith, it was only a matter of time before Andy Reid made a decision on which guy to have sitting directly behind Smith on the depth chart.
Reid made his decision though, and the current backup quarterback is Tyler Bray.
This decision has come as a bit of a surprise to Chiefs Kingdom, as many thought that Aaron Murray had the edge over Bray heading into the offseason. Murray was the third string quarterback last year behind Smith and Chase Daniel, so that seemed to be the consensus for 2016 that Murray would be bumped up.
With Murray not being chosen as the backup, things suddenly aren’t looking very good for the former fifth round pick. The Chiefs drafted Kevin Hogan in the fifth round earlier this month, and it’s not likely that he’ll be sent packing from the team just months after being drafted.
Tyler Bray went undrafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 and has yet to appear in a regular season game. He suited up once for the Chiefs and that came during his rookie season when Smith didn’t play in the season finale.
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Reid and the rest of the Chiefs staff must see something significant in Bray. He went undrafted out of Tennessee, had some character issues while in college, and has been injured a few times already during his pro career. Something just doesn’t seem to add up there.
Maybe I’m just biased though, as I really liked the selection of Aaron Murray two years ago. He had a hell of a career at Georgia and had he entered the draft a year earlier, he’d probably have been the number one overall pick, which the Chiefs owned that year.
I just find it hard to believe that Aaron Murray’s time in Kansas City could be over with, but with Bray getting the current nod at backup, and Kevin Hogan just joining the team, it could be an interesting few weeks as far as the quarterback position goes in Kansas City.
Tyler Bray isn’t a well-known name in the NFL, and should Smith go down for a significant period of time this season (knock on wood), it’d be tough to place our faith in him. You just never know though.
What do you think about Tyler Bray being the backup quarterback for the KC Chiefs in 2016?