Nick Foles returns to action
Position for Chiefs quarterback after Alex Smith took shape over the previous week at training camp in St. Joseph. The order was confirmed on Saturday’s preseason opener, the Chiefs’ 17-16 loss to the Seahawks.
They all played to about their expectation, meaning the Chiefs likely will pick up where they entered the game. In order after Smith, it’s Nick Foles, Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan.
Foles and Bray were the most heavily scrutinized. Foles because he suited up with the Chiefs for the first time eight days ago, and Bray because he missed all of last season because of torn knee ligament.
Both had their moments, with Bray needing more time to knock off rust. But he had perhaps the best throw among the quarterbacks.
Foles had been battling some accuracy issues during his first full week of camp, and Saturday he completed 4 of 8 for 37 yards. He played two possessions, taking the ball after Alex Smith opened the game with the Chiefs’ lone touchdown drive.
His first possession started on the 1, and the possession produced a first down before the Chiefs punted. On the next drive, Foles took the Chiefs 64 yards in nine plays in a drive that resulted in a Cairo Santos’ field goal.
“Just going back on the field, it felt great just to be back out there,” Foles said. “This is a big step, being in live football, a big step for me today.”
Same for Bray, who finished 3 of 9 for 48 yards. He misfired on his first two attempts, but then completed a beauty, a 21-yarder to Rod Streater over his back shoulder. It was worth a first down on a third-and-9 and that series also produced a field goal.
“The jitters were going,” Bray said. “I haven’t had live action in two years. I was feeling things out after that first series. I came back out, settled down and felt good to go.”
The completion to Streater felt the due was on the practice field at Missouri Western.
“We do it in practice all the time,” Bray said. “I threw it up to him, I trusted him. He went up and made a great play.
Bray got the final three series in the first half. Murray started the third quarter, and he also engineered a drive that ended in a field goal.
Murray completed his pass, to Mike Williams for 18 yards, and hit his first three before throwing an incomplete. He finished 3 of 5 for 52 yards, although his best effort, a deep ball over the middle that caught tight end Travis Ross in stride, went for naught. Ross couldn’t haul it in, and the Chiefs were penalized on the play.
Murray played both third-quarter series, leaving the fourth quarter to rookie Kevin Hogan.
Running back Darrin Reaves took Hogan’s pass on his first play 15 yards. But the drive ended on the Chiefs’ only interception of the day. Hogan’s pass to Da’Ron Brown went behind him. Brown deflected the ball for a pick.
For the day, Chiefs quarterbacks competed 15 of 32 passes for 194 yards. The order is not likely to change when the Chiefs play the Rams in Los Angeles on Saturday.