Tyler Bray Isn't Long-Term Solution for Andy Reid and Kansas City Chiefs

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Tyler Bray Isn't Long-Term Solution for Andy Reid and Kansas City Chiefs
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The Kansas City Chiefs brought in Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray as a 2013 undrafted NFL free agent.

Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reported the acquisition on Sunday:

The Chiefs will be the team that will try to develop him. They signed him after the draft, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

He is not, however, the answer for coach Andy Reid and Co. down the road.

Despite supplying the strong arm and great size (6'6", 232 lbs), Bray struggled with decision-making and is coming off just one solid college campaign. In 2012, Bray tossed 34 touchdown passes to only 12 picks. However, he managed just a 59.4 completion percentage and never hit above 60 percent throughout his career.

At the same time, he was provided with excellent playmaking receivers such as Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and, prior to 2012, Da'Rick Rogers.

If anything, Bray's inability to find a rhythm during the season stands above all else. Against Mississippi State, Bray threw for two touchdowns and one pick. He only completed 54.2 percent of his attempts. Thereafter, Bray fared even worse against Alabama (48.1 completion percentage) and tossed two picks.

And although he hit above 60 percent in the next three contests (South Carolina, Troy, Missouri), Bray stooped back in the final two games. Against Vanderbilt, Bray completed just 37.9 percent of his passes with 103 yards passing. Against Kentucky, Bray had a 55.8 completion percentage against one of the worst teams in the SEC.

Factor in a long release, unreliable accuracy and not working enough from under center, and there's simply too much to develop. In addition, there are character concerns about Bray, as Eric Galko of the Sporting News writes:

Described as “lacking professionalism, animated and eccentric on the sidelines, and disinterested when facing adversity," Bray’s body language alone speaks for his potential inability to win over teammates in the NFL.

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Mesh all these elements together and it was not surprising to see Bray go undrafted in the first place. Even when factoring the level of competition Bray faced in SEC defenses, since 2007 only a couple of quarterbacks from that conference have made an actual impact.

Matthew Stafford out of Georgia is the most productive, and Cam Newton from Auburn is the most recent. Still, that's only two from a now 14-school conference (Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M was in Big 12 before Aggies switched to SEC).

In short, although Bray was not a risk in picking up as an undrafted free agent, his mechanics and other concerns won't develop as the long-term answer for K.C.

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