Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs brought in three new QBs this offseason and while Alex Smith and Chase Daniel appear to be locked in as the No. 1 and No. 2 options, there figures to be a pretty intense training camp battle between former Iowa Hawkeye Ricky Stanzi and former Tennessee Volunteer Tyler Bray for the third, and likely final, QB slot.
Stanzi was drafted by the previous regime, led by GM Scott Pioli. Despite absolute turmoil at the QB position over the last two seasons, Stanzi was never given the opportunity to take a single NFL snap. Even with their jobs on the line, neither of Stanzi’s NFL head coaches (Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel) gave Stanzi a chance. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Stanzi can’t play in the NFL, but it is telling that he couldn’t beat out Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn or even Tyler Palko.
New GM John Dorsey has brought in three of his own QBs and it appears Bray, who was undrafted, could be the favorite to make the roster as the No. 3 QB. He was hand-picked by the new regime and processes all the physical tools of a traditional franchise QB. Maturity issues and coming out of college too early contributed heavily to Bray’s draft slide but there are many who think, if given the right coaching, he could be a viable starting QB in the NFL.
As of now, however, Bray is on the bottom of the QB depth chart.
From Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star:
"Perhaps deferring to the veteran, the Chiefs are using Ricky Stanzi as their third quarterback while rookie Tyler Bray is getting few snaps as the fourth quarterback. Hard to say if that will change any time soon, but Bray has better ability to make all the necessary throws than Stanzi does. While the Chiefs — with Smith as their starter and Chase Daniel as the top reserve — need to be in no hurry to develop Bray, he has already displayed enough skills to earn more work."
Bray may be last in line right now but it is only May. Once training camp rolls around, if Bray can impress coaches, he’ll likely get the chance to show what he can do in a couple of the Chiefs’ preseason games.
As for Stanzi, it appears to be now or never in regards to his career with the Chiefs. If he can’t convince Dorsey and Reid that he has developed in his two years as a backup, he could be looking for a new team come September.
What do you think, Addicts? Who will win the QB battle? Bray or Stanzi?