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When the starters take the field, all eyes will be on No. 11.
Obviously, Alex Smith won't be exempt from his own line of questioning. But given his aptitude for memorizing offenses, there's little doubt that the pinpoint passer will have a firm grasp of Andy Reid's system by Week 1.
But when he takes a breather, the eye of the media storm will shift to Ricky Stanzi and Tyler Bray.
If Bruce Springsteen dug a spork into an apple pie and wiped the crumbs with a red, white and blue napkin, he would still be half the American that Stanzi is. The related videos adjacent to Stanzi's YouTube highlights are Walker, Texas Ranger fights and Woodstock documentaries.
However, none of that scores points with the coach.
Stanzi has yet to take a regular-season snap in his NFL career. In a nutshell, he's a mobile quarterback who can elude pressure and sling a fairly accurate pass.
His undrafted but highly touted peer is the polar opposite. A number of scouts projected Bray, who declared for the draft as junior, as a third-round talent and compared him to Jay Cutler.
The rookie's arm strength makes Stanzi look like he's lobbing changeups. While a lackadaisical approach and fluctuating accuracy have haunted his reputation (as well as off-field headlines), Bray still managed to stockpile 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns (12 interceptions) in his junior campaign. Tennessee's passing attack ranked second in the offensive slaughterhouse known as the SEC.
Regardless, in the recent past, Kansas City's quarterbacks have looked more confused than a stumbling birthday girl ambushed by the 4 a.m. sprinklers.
In 2013, fans are anticipating fourth-quarter preseason passing battles.
If that's not a tell-tale sign that Reid's regime is doing its job, what is?
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