Aug 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) hands off to running back Cyrus Gray (32) during the second half of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 30-8. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Bray “Growing Up” Since Entering The NFL

One of the biggest concerns surrounding former Vols quarterback Tyler Bray, when he declared a year early for the NFL Draft, was his maturity.

And for good reason.

Bray was infamously accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls at parked cars while he was at Tennessee. His poor attitude was also well known.

His reputation as an “immature kid” ultimately led to Bray going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, despite his reputation as possibly the most talented quarterback in the draft.

What kind of kid is he? What kind of work ethic does he have? There are some concerns there from several of the coaches I talk to. — Mike Mayock, NFL Network Draft Analyst on Tyler Bray 

The Kansas City Chiefs decided to take a chance on Bray and signed him shortly after the draft. He was considered a long shot to make the Chiefs’ roster, but he was able to beat out Ricky Stanzi for the third quarterback position.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid raved about Bray’s improved attitude during the 2013 season, saying the former Vol was “handling himself like a man”.

Bray has only continued to improve his attitude since then, according to Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor.

That’s great news for Bray as he has another uphill battle on his hands if he plans to make the Chiefs’ active roster again this season.

Kansas City drafted former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

It’s highly unlikely that Murray doesn’t make the Chiefs roster, which could mean there’s no room for Bray.

However, the Chiefs could choose to unload backup quarterback Chase Daniel and his rather large contract.

If Kansas City chooses to that route, then I could see Bray emerging as the team’s primary backup. He certainly appears mature enough to handle the position and there’s little doubt that he has the physical ability.

It looks like going undrafted had a positive effect on Tyler Bray afterall.

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  • TheHound

    Bray is going to make a fine NFL QB some day, it just wont be in KC.

    • Neil O’Rear

      Never say never, because Murray IMO will be on the PUP list if Daniel isn’t cut.

      • Tarkus

        The PUP list is only temporary, and once Murray has one camp practice, he’s not eligible anyway.

        • Neil O’Rear

          Okay, IR he’ll “re-aggravate” his knee.

          If Daniel isn’t cut

          • Tarkus

            I hope not, as he’d lose a year of practice under IR. I’d rather just bite the bullet and get rid of Daniel, who will never be nothing more than a backup. In the last two years, Reid has had a rookie and a vet with 9 career passes as his backup QBs, so he’s not afraid to go with someone inexperienced at that spot.

  • tndjinn

    Would really love to see Bray and Murray battle it out for the backup roles. I think they’d very much be good for one another personality and competition wise and could bring out the best in one another. I’m a Vol fan but Murray was my pick of the draft (my favorite guy in it this year). He’s criminally underrated, imo and a lot of that is due to being vertically challenged so to speak. But if Murray can see over SEC lines, he should have no issues seeing over NFL ones. His arm is weaker than Bray’s by a little bit but they’re both guys who you really don’t want to be in a shootout with. While Bray is the better physical talent/passing ability and potential, Murray’s got the better mind (that makes up for a lot) and his arm is close enough. Nothing would make me happier than to see both succeed. And pairing those two seems a better option than keeping Daniel around.

  • clearanceKlarence

    Bray’s arm is a hundred times better than Murray’s.

    • Zach Ragan

      No doubt about that, but arm isn’t everything.