Packers vs. Chiefs Recap: QBOTF?

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In the aftermath of the Kansas City Chiefs lopsided 30-8 victory over the Green Bay Packers, there were some solid performances. However one player Quarterback, Tyler Bray, gave some early indications he might be someone that can lead the Chiefs offense in the years to come.

With starting quarterback, Alex Smith, on the bench and back-up Chase Daniel, struggling in his short stint against the Green Bay Packers, the third member of the QB squad, Tyler Bray, successfully showed off his youthful talents.

It's inconceivable to believe the Chiefs have never raised a rookie quarterback into a viable Super Bowl calibre performer. On Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers, it appears that trend might just change under the tutelage of Head Coach, Andy Reid.

Bray's journey to the Chiefs nearly never happened. Initially, after Bray was bypassed by every NFL team in each of the seven rounds of the NFL draft, he was going to sign with the Miami Dolphins.

But Reid, pushed General Manager, John Dorsey, to make Bray an offer he could not refuse. That push ultimately landed arguably the top undrafted free agent player on the market.

It's perplexing the former Tennessee Volunteer quarterback never had his number called on draft weekend. But that's a moot point now. He's a Chief now and under Reid, the young quarterback in a few short months has already showed signs that he has significant potential.

In watching Bray throughout the offseason, you could sense he was something special. He has a rocket right arm, surveys the field like a veteran and enough pocket sense to know when to dump the ball. Sure he's raw and needs significant time to develop his game but his ceiling potential has no limits.

Thus by throwing three touchdown passes against the Packers defense on Thursday night, there is a question that must be raised. Does Bray deserve a chance to be Alex Smith's back-up this season?

As you know, I'm not a big fan of KC's current back-up, Chase Daniel. His size and presence in the pocket is something that concerns me. On the plus side though, he does have a very accurate arm.

In Andy Reid's offense, the quarterback has to be able to zip the ball in the short intermediate routes to be successful executing the offense and Smith and Daniel can do that. But Bray can sling it down the field better than either of them.

I know Bray is going to enter the Jacksonville game as the Chiefs third string quarterback. But that really shouldn't be the case. Despite the fact he's a rookie undrafted quarterback, he's the teams second best quarterback.

Bray continues a trend for Reid who loves to develop young quarterbacks. Right now he has a hot young prospect in Bray that he might be able to mold into a playoff calibre winning quarterback.

Should that occur the Kansas City Chiefs could be on the verge of doing something they haven't done in a long time develop one of their own quarterbacks into a player that has a chance to win games in January and February.


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