Opinions were all over the board on former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. Some teams thought Bray had first round arm talent while others focused on the inconsistencies in his footwork and mental make up which ultimately led to the signal caller going undrafted. As things worked out, the much debated quarterback may have wound up in the best possible situation as a rookie.
The Kansas City Chiefs hired renowned quarterback guru Andy Reid as their head coach following the 2012 season. Landing Bray as an undrafted free agent was probably part of Reid’s doing as he has always had a thing for developing guys under center. According to reports out of K.C. this offseason, so far, so good with his latest project.
Reid told reporters following the Chiefs latest minicamp:
“I’ll tell you, he did a nice job. He did a really nice job. You never know until you get them here. He’s in a good room, so he’s got good examples around him as players. He’s got coaches that have played the game and the position in there. He’s embraced that and really focused in. The fact is that he did a nice job and improved every day. He was a bit like a sponge just taking everything in. I was impressed.”
The fact that part of the mystery with Bray was what he had to work with between his ears, this news is certainly a great development for the rookie. If he can continue to absorb information and learn Reid’s offense there is not reason to think he can’t develop into a solid starter somewhere down the line.
As far as this season goes, the most playing time that the Chiefs hope Bray gets is during the preseason. Alex Smith was brought in from the San Francisco 49ers to be the starter and Ricky Stanzi is already on the roster as the backup. There is definitely a chance for Bray to beat Stanzi out as a rookie and vault himself into a backup role, but he will likely be holding a clipboard during the regular season for K.C.
Training camp will be the ideal time for Bray to gain a rapport with the receivers in Kansas City and continue to impress the coaching staff. There’s no doubt that if he spends a couple of years under Reid with the Chiefs, Bray could be of serious trade interest to a number of teams around the league.