During a two-play sequence in Sunday’s practice, Chiefs backup Tyler Bray showed both his strengths and weaknesses.
On the first play, Bray scanned the defense and, instead of making the easy throw to an open receiver in the flat, attempt to hit a receiver who was covered down the left side of the field. He instead threw an interception right to outside linebacker Dezman Moses, who dropped into coverage toward that side of the field.
“I saw him, but I was trying to throw behind him,” Bray said of Moses. “I just didn’t throw where I wanted to. I’ve just got to throw it to the flat and take the easy one.”
Bray has been working on his decision-making ever since he joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent last spring. It’s a reason he went undrafted.
But the Chiefs remain intrigued by the 6-foot-6, 215-pound second-year pro, and a big reason is his excellent arm strength and surprising touch at times, which allows him to make throws the other three quarterbacks on the roster — Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray — can’t make.
He showed this on his very next throw, when he lofted a gorgeous deep pass down the right sideline to receiver Daryl Surgent, who hauled it in for a touchdown with Kevin Rutland draped over him in single coverage.
“You have a bad play, you wipe it off,” Bray said. “Go back and watch the film later and see where you messed up.”
Bray, who added that he was not pleased with his performance the previous day — he apparently threw a couple of interceptions — said he expects more from himself as camp continues to churn on.
“I’m not really a rookie anymore,” Bray said. “I can’t make the mistakes I made last year. I have the offense down, this will be my second year. I’ve got to act like a vet.”