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Chiefs' Tyler Bray, Travis Kelce, Talk OTAs

The Kansas City Chiefs are in the midst of their OTA practice sessions and backup QB Tyler Bray and TE Travis Kelce are talking to the media.

Both Bray and Kelce have a lot to prove  as the Chiefs near training camp. While the team appears to be high on both players, Bray and Kelce will need to work if they want to see the field.

Kelce may have a bit of an easier road than Bray. As it stands, Bray is fighting with QB Ricky Stanzi for the third and final QB spot behind starter Alex Smith and veteran backup, Chase Daniel. While Bray isn’t likely to even supplant Daniel on the depth chart, at least this season, he isn’t letting that stop him from working hard.

In fact, he says he is taking a lot of inspiration from the guys on the roster he’d eventually like to replace.

“Oh they’ve helped out a lot,” said Bray when asked about the team’s other QBs.  “They’re great guys. They know I’m going to come in and struggle at first with the playbook, it’s a new system, a new type of offense. They’ve just helped out a lot.”

Bray told the media that the biggest challenge he is facing is learning the terminology of Andy Reid’s offense. Like any good rookie, he is smartly taking mental reps, even when he isn’t on the practice field.

“You just take mental reps,” said Daniel. “Every time Alex and Chase are in there, just watch what they do – their drops, how they throw, how they work the pocket. I just try to learn from them.”

As for Kelce, he is excited to be a part of Andy Reid’s offense, which he says will have him lining up in multiple places, wich is something he also did in college. Though listed as a TE, Kelce often lined up in the slot.

“I believe so,” said Kelce when asked if he thought he’d be playing multiple positions. “I believe they’re going to ask all the tight ends and all the players on the team to play in every single spot. That’s the luxury of being in Coach Reid’s offense, is that you know you’re going to be put in a different matchup every single play. And we’re going to utilize that in every single position.”

No doubt Chiefs fans are as excited as Kelce about Reid’s new offense. In 2012, the Chiefs had one of the worst offenses in the NFL.

Kelce says that Reid’s offense demands accountability.

“Everyone has to know the entire offense, every single position, every single route, every single run,” said Kelce. “Everybody has to be held accountable on every single play.”



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  • Lyle Graversen

    I’m really excited to see what Kelce can do. I really think he may end up as this teams #3 weapon after Charles and Bowe.

    • Jason Seibel

      I’m with you! While I think the Gronk comparisons might be bit premature I’m excited to see what he can do!

      • Jim Harper

        He may just pass Gronk if he can stay on the field. Gronk seems to have trouble doing that.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I hope not, but only because that will mean we aren’t getting much production from our #2 WR.

      • Carlos Nevarez

        I get that, but then again, Rob Gronkowski (who hes been compared to btw) is as good (or better) than a lot of #2 WRs.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          That’s only impressive when you’re comparing him against the rest of the league. Being the 2nd best receiver in New England is bad news. Good thing he wasn’t in 2012.

          Don’t get me wrong, I want Kelce to be super productive but I DON’T want him to be the 2nd best option here. That will mean whomever is starting opposite of Bowe isn’t getting the job done.

      • Lyle Graversen

        I don’t know, let’s say Bowe has 90 receptions for 1,100 yards and 8 TDs, Charles rushes for 1,400 yards and has another 600 yards receiving and 10 total TDs. If Kelce had 60 receptions for 600 yards and 6 TDs and the rest of the offensive production was evenly spread between Avery, Baldwin, McCluster, Fosano, and Moeaki I don’t think it would be a bad thing. Would it be great to have a legit #2 emerge? Sure, but Alex Smith was a couple fumbled punts away from going to a Super Bowl with a TE as the #1 weapon (or maybe #2 behind Gore) so if our TE was the #3 weapon in the offense I have no problem with that.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          You saw what the front office did following the season though. They made finding a #2 WR a priority. They brought in Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. With better receivers, they actually made the Super Bowl the next go around.

          And following the season (and a Super Bowl loss)… They went right back to the well and brought Boldin in.

          • Lyle Graversen

            Fair enough, but there’s only so many receptions to go around. Alex Smith’s career high in completions is only like 275. Let’s say in an Andy Reid offense that goes up to 300. If Bowe has 90, that leaves 210 for Kelce, Charles, Baldwin, Avery, McCluster, Fosano, Moeaki, and anyone else. Even if you just go with the 7 guys I just listed that’s an average of only 30 receptions each. Let’s say that Avery or Baldwin does become a legit #2 and has 70 receptions. Then that leaves just 140 receptions for the other 6 guys mentioned or about 23 receptions each.

            I think they are going to get the other guys more involved than that. I also think that Alex Smith is the type of QB that will take the safe short throw over the shot down the field so if anyone is to become a clear #2 target after Bowe it is more likely to be a TE or RB out of the backfield than it is a #2 WR.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I think it’s possible that the 3rd option will be a wildcard like McCluster. He’ll get plenty of short and intermediate looks.

  • KCPauly

    I like the fact that the players are being held accountable something that has been completely gone since Haley was here….Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!

  • BoiseChiefPotato

    I would enjoy summer more… But it’s just the point of the year where I mow and remodel my house. Is it fall yet?!

  • ArrowFan

    Just stay healthy JC.