Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Alex Smith will play the first half of their upcoming preseason game against Cincinnati, which is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium. New No. 2 quarterback Patrick Mahomes will handle the third quarter and Tyler Bray will handle the fourth.
Ultimately, the decision on a No. 2 quarterback for the regular season is more about Mahomes than Bray. But Bray can make the choice a difficult one by playing well. He has had some big moments in preseasons past.
"It's a competition," Bray said. "The season hasn't started yet. I don't think it's a set depth chart."
“I personally think we’ve had a great experience here in St. Joe, not only this year, but for the last seven or eight years,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said this week. “I know [Reid] feels very positive about having training camp here, (general manager) Brett [Veach] feels very positive about having training camp here.
“I’m going to do whatever our owner wants to do,” Reid said. “I’m being politically correct. I can tell you though that the people here have been phenomenal. They’ve done a nice job for us and we appreciate that.”
The owner, CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt, said after practice Tuesday that he would like the Chiefs to remain in St. Joseph. Just like Chiefs President Mark Donovan. Just like Western President Robert Vartabedian.
“We’ve been able to take it up a notch,” Reid said. “These guys have taken that challenge to heart. This group never says anything, they just work. From a head coaching standpoint, that’s a beautiful thing. You can get a whole lot done.”
“It’s hard for me to comment on it,” Smith said. “I don’t know. Lot going on in that landscape right now. Certainly when I was there, he was playing at a really, really high level, right? Had a lot in front of him as far as a career goes. He was playing really good football.
“Crazy to think he’s not playing. Yeah, that’s a crazy thing. As good as he was playing. Young, strong, I felt like he had a long career ahead of him. Crazy that at this point he’s out of a job.”
Smith said there was “no question” he’d welcome Kaepernick onto a team, citing his respect, work, and passion, and there is enough in here to have an idea about how Smith feels.
Should your rookie QB be given strong consideration to start?
No. Alex Smith has won more than two-thirds of his regular-season starts for the Chiefs, so he deserves to keep his job until either he shows he's in decline or one of Kansas City's other quarterbacks proves he's better than Smith. Neither of those things has happened yet.
The Kansas City Chiefs invite all branches of the military in to practice on Wednesday for military appreciation day.
Quarterback Alex Smith called this year’s edition the best training camp he’s attended in his five seasons with the Chiefs.
As talented as the defense is, I don’t think they can go on a 2000 Ravens / 2002 Buccaneers / 2015 Broncos type run in the playoffs and shut everyone down. And 13 seasons into his career, I don’t see Smith suddenly having the light turn on and stay on for a three or four-game run in the playoffs.
With Kareem Hunt added to Spencer Ware in the Kansas City backfield, Hill isn’t going to get the ground work he did last year. He’s going to get more targets with Jeremy Maclin’s departure, but at current ADP, he’s being drafted where his results were last year, and that leaves no room for error.
The gun charge against former Rutgers football star and NFL player Khaseem Greene stemming from a shooting outside an Elizabeth nightclub in December has been dismissed after it was revealed the accused gunman admitted he lied about Greene's involvement.