Kansas City Chiefs: What Does Future Hold for Tyler Bray

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /

In case you missed it, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes II in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. They traded up to get Mahomes and now have their franchise quarterback. What does this mean for Tyler Bray?

For the first time in my life, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted a quarterback in round one of the NFL Draft. While it took trading up 17 spots to nab their guy, in this case Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs finally took a risk. They’ve shied away from locking down a first round quarterback over the years.

It’s hard to be upset about this pick, as the Chiefs can slot Alex Smith in as a starter for the next one or two years and then hand things over to Mahomes.

This post is going to be a rare one, as it focuses on the other quarterback on the roster in Tyler Bray. Now I know Bray is a running joke in Kansas City. We’ve heard for years now about how he’s got a rocket launcher for an arm and can sling the football down the field, but have yet to really see anything from the former Tennessee Volunteer.

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While Mahomes is undoubtedly the future at the quarterback position, is Tyler Bray for sure done in Kansas City? That I’m not sure of.

I really could see the KC Chiefs keeping Bray on the roster this season and even having him as the back up for the majority of 2017. People will think that’s crazy, but should Smith get injured, throwing an unprepared Patrick Mahomes into a game in a critical situation isn’t exactly what you want to do for a guy you’re planning to groom for a few years.

Bray isn’t going to be the future at the quarterback position, but he knows the Chiefs system. He’s been with this team since the 2013 season and the staff obviously sees something in him that the rest of us don’t, as he beat out both Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan for the third and final quarterback spot on the roster last summer.

While no one would be thrilled to see Tyler Bray enter a game for the Chiefs, isn’t that better than rushing Mahomes into a moment he’s not ready for?

What do you think, Chiefs Kingdom? Is this a crazy thought by me or am I onto something with keeping Bray as the backup this season?