Countdown to Camp: Analyzing the Chiefs Quarterbacks

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Jun 13, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11), quarterback Tyler Bray (9) and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II (15) listen to assistant quarterbacks coach Corey Matthaei during the mini camp at University of Kansas Health System Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11), quarterback Tyler Bray (9) and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II (15) listen to assistant quarterbacks coach Corey Matthaei during the mini camp at University of Kansas Health System Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The countdown to Chiefs camp begins now. Over the next two weeks, cover32 Chiefs will have in depth analysis at every position heading into training camp. Jake Schyvinck and Braden Holecek dive into every battle and roster spot up for grabs.

The quarterback position is always heavily debated in training camp. While many camps talk about battles, Chiefs camp will focus on a high rising rookie looking to prove himself. Kansas City traded up 27 spots for Mahomes, but it is unlikely that he starts week one. Alex Smith is still the guy, but who knows for how long. Also, will Kansas City keep three quarterbacks on the roster? Let’s take a look at the quarterback spot.


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Alex Smith: Right now, Alex Smith is the clear starter. He continues to produce in Andy Reid’s system. However, not all of the fans and analysts think he should start this season. Many believe Mahomes should start the year to see what the Chiefs have in him. The problem there is that Smith proves time and time again that he can lead the team to the playoffs. Even so, the microscope is on the 13 year veteran this season.

Patrick Mahomes: The rookie out of Texas Tech is already the most hyped player in town. Mahomes showed incredible arm strength during his time in school. But, it is not easy to transition to the NFL. Mahomes has plenty to learn, especially when talking about running an offense. That said, Andy Reid is the coach with the ability to get Mahomes ready. Right now, Mahomes is the backup in Kansas City.

Tyler Bray: The Chiefs signed Bray as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He has been in Kansas City ever since. Bray possesses a strong arm and knows the system well. However, it is likely he drops to the third spot on the depth chart due to Mahomes. Still, Bray has traits and the knowledge to land a roster spot.

Joel Stave: The former Wisconsin quarterback has only one year under his belt. Originally, the Vikings signed him as a free agent after the 2016 draft. Minnesota ended up waiving him in mid-September, and the Seahawks then brought him on to their practice squad. Only a month later, Seattle waived him and he landed with the Chiefs. Kansas City brought him back in the offseason for a chance to compete at camp.

A Battle Brewing?

Many believe that a controversy could brew in Kansas City if Mahomes plays well in the preseason. However, I caution many to understand that it is only preseason. Barring an injury, Alex Smith is the starter on this team. Mahomes will wait behind Smith until he gets the call.

There are arguments for Mahomes to start, and many of them do make sense. But, the question still remains. Is Patrick Mahomes really pro ready at this moment?

Who Makes The Roster?

Smith and Mahomes are guarantees to make the roster at this point. But, a battle could brew for the number three spot. Bray and Stave both are both tall, strong-armed quarterbacks hungry for a spot. The edge goes to Bray, who knows more of the system Kansas City runs. Bray will likely make the team as the number three quarterback, while Joel Stave will either be released or be delegated to the practice squad.

Jake Schyvinck is the Managing Editor for cover32 Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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