With the first few weeks of free agency done it appears this is the quarterback competition the Kansas City Chiefs will be taking to training camp. There is no competition at the starting position but everything else behind Alex Smith could be up for grabs.
I've been thinking about how the quarterback depth chart will pan out so I took a shot at predicting where things are entering offseason workouts on April 20.
1. Alex Smith
Unquestioned starter of the team.
2. Chase Daniel
I suppose there's a scenario out there where the Chiefs go through the offseason program and feel comfortable enough with Aaron Murray and Terrelle Pryor as their backups and decide to cut Chase loose to save the cap space or even trade him if there's an interested team. My preference and I believe the Chiefs preference is to keep Chase on the roster as the backup quarterback. Chase is the best backup quarterback on the roster and if he has to start a game with the playoffs on the line (which they surely will be unless the Chiefs are planning on winning 13 games) I would feel more comfortable with Chase than anyone else. Please take to the comments to talk about Chase's height and how I'm an idiot.
3. Aaron Murray
I give the nod to Murray over Pryor at the moment, mostly because Murray has been in the system for an entire year. The Chiefs didn't just draft him in the fifth round to forget about him in a year or two (...right?). He'll have some sort of role on the team. Perhaps he could develop into the No. 2 by 2016.
4. Terrelle Pryor
Chiefs coach Andy Reid indicated that Pryor has been in the facility from sun up to sun down trying to get this offense down, which is encouraging. He's the wild card here. He has some NFL experience so his ceiling in 2015 could be higher than Murray's. But he also has little experience in this particular system, which asks a lot of the quarterbacks. He's on a one-year deal so I'm very interested to see what happens here.
5. Tyler Bray
He tore his ACL at the beginning of the year. That would be put his status for training camp very much in question.