Aug 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) throws a pass during the first half of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Has Tyler Bray grown up?
This is the question that may ultimately matter the most in the Chiefs battle at quarterback. One can make good argument Bray has more physical tools than any of the other three quarterbacks on the roster. Unfortunately, is off-field antics and lack of focus in the classroom has put him on the fringe of not being on an NFL roster at all.
We know Bray has done a good job staying out of trouble off the field and we know through reports that he is working hard in practice and in the classroom. What we haven’t seen is if that work is paying off on the field. Bray has mostly been a scout team quarterback and did not receive very many snaps during practice last year. He did split the snaps with Daniel in OTAs in June.
Should Bray be able to grow up and be more mentally fit on the field then the Chiefs have a huge asset on their hands. At 6-6, 220 pounds with a cannon arm and loads of success in the SEC, Bray could be a force in the NFL if he can get his head on straight. While Bray may never end up being the starter for the Chiefs, he could turn into a valuable trade asset later if he gets the right opportunities.
But becoming something you are not is a tough thing to do. Bray may never develop on the mental side of football enough to catch up with the physical side. We cannot know, though, until we see him play in four games in August.