Why Undrafted Free Agent QB Tyler Bray Will Make Kansas City's 53-Man Roster

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Why Undrafted Free Agent QB Tyler Bray Will Make Kansas City's 53-Man Roster
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Like all undrafted free agents, former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray hoped to be taken at some point during the NFL draft. Bray, however, watched teams select other players in all seven rounds.

The Kansas City Chiefs moved quickly after the draft and snagged Bray. Despite going undrafted, Bray has been given an opportunity to showcase his talent with the Chiefs. The best part for Bray is that Kansas City is the best place for him to have this opportunity.

The Chiefs traded away the 34th overall pick for Alex Smith and signed Chase Daniel, who has been in the league since 2009. With Smith as the starter, it is safe to assume that Daniel will be his backup. But the third quarterback spot on the team remains wide open.

Former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was taken in Round 5 of the 2011 NFL draft but has yet to take a snap in a regular season game. Stanzi has stood behind Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn the past two seasons, and he was listed as inactive in many games by former coaches Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel.

Because of Stanzi's limited experience in the NFL, Bray will compete against him and has a good chance to make the team as the third quarterback going into the month of September.

With a new staff in place, it is likely that a lot of the players from the previous regime—especially those who didn't see a lot of playing time—are let go.

On Sunday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about his thoughts on Bray. So far, Reid likes what he sees.

"Tyler Bray had a nice day today; I think that is obvious," Coach Reid said. "He made some nice throws down in the red zone. He has to continue to make progress, but he did some nice things."

Both Bray and Stanzi went through a different college experience.

When it came to college success, Stanzi experienced a lot at Iowa while playing against other Big Ten schools. As for Bray's time with Tennessee, the Volunteers struggled in the SEC.

Individually, Bray put up more notable statistics than Stanzi in college.

Stanzi threw more than 7,400 yards, 56 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in his career as a Hawkeye.

Meanwhile, Bray threw more than 7,400 yards, 69 touchdowns and 28 interceptions while playing at Tennessee. That includes his breakout junior year last season, throwing for 3,612 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Bray played in more games in 2012 than he did before and was sacked a career-low eight times.

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The supporting cast Bray had in Tennessee is similar to what he could work with in Kansas City.

Bray has all the tools to surpass Stanzi and earn the third quarterback spot on the team. Assuming the Chiefs carry only three quarterbacks on the active 53-man roster, Stanzi will either be on the practice squad or move on to another team.

For Bray, he has to continue to keep up the good work this offseason. Making the team and beating out Stanzi is an attainable task for him.

Chiefs coaches will keep a close eye on him in training camp and the preseason, which will be the deciding factor as to whether or not Bray earns a spot on the team.

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