On the radar: Brodie Croyle

A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.

Brodie Croyle is one of the more interesting players in the AFC West.

He is a former starting quarterback in Kansas City who has been forgotten. But the truth is, the guy has some skills.

The Kansas City Star reported that he was a star of the team’s mandatory minicamp last week. There was a time when Croyle was considered a top prospect in Kansas City. He was the team’s starting quarterback in 2008, but injuries derailed his career. When he was healthy, the former Alabama star showed promise. However, Croyle’s star fell when the Scott Pioli-Todd Haley era began in 2009. Understandably, Pioli wanted to begin the era fresh and he acquired Matt Cassel, who played well for Pioli in New England when Tom Brady was hurt.

The Chiefs think Cassel represents the future. Croyle’s best chance in Kansas City is as a backup. Haley, a quarterback specialist, has praised Croyle. Teams value backup quarterbacks, so if Croyle continues to make strides the Chiefs will value him. If Cassel regresses or gets hurt, the Chiefs could be in good hands with Croyle.

Of course, if Croyle lights it up in the preseason and another team suffers a setback at quarterback, it’s not out of the question that Croyle becomes a valuable trade commodity.

Croyle’s Kansas City’s career might have suffered a setback last year, but there’s no reason why he can’t still have a productive NFL career in some fashion.