Alex Smith won’t be the only new quarterback on the sidelines for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. But the signal caller joining him is no stranger to Arrowhead, with former Missouri star Chase Daniel agreeing to a three-year deal with the Chiefs.
Daniel went undrafted in 2009, but spent training camp with the Washington Redskins. After being part of the team’s final cuts, he caught on with the New Orleans Saints practice squad.
The former Tiger quickly caught on in New Orleans and worked his way up to Drew Brees’ backup. Playing behind the durable Brees, Daniel has only attempted nine passes during his four years in the league, completing seven of them for 55 yards and no touchdowns.
Daniel looked good in his extended time during the preseason. He was able to complete over 70 percent of his passes, while tossing four touchdowns to two interception in four games. For a fun comparison, Daniel’s 104.8 passer rating in the preseason was more than forty points higher than Matt Cassel’s for the Chiefs.
Going from Cassel and Brady Quinn to Smith and Daniel is an upgrade that no one could have predicted just a month ago. It’s a huge upgrade that also should end any rumbling about the Chiefs spending a draft pick on a quarterback. Even if Reid wants to keep a third quarterback, there’s no reason he can’t go to camp with holdovers Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney.