Bray to get chance before Stanzi

The Tyler Bray-Ricky Stanzi battle to be the No. 3 quarterback in Kansas City is far from over.

The final determination will be made based on performance in the four preseason games. However, we clearly have an early favorite: the rookie Bray.

The Kansas City Star reported that Bray will play before Stanzi late in Friday’s preseason opener in New Orleans. Bray will play in the third quarter and Stanzi will work the final quarter.

It is significant because it means the Kansas City brass thinks Bray, an erratic, but strong-armed undrafted free agent from Tennessee, has done enough to play ahead of Stanzi, a third-year player with little experience.

There were early reports that new Kansas City coach Andy Reid was higher on Stanzi because he grasped Reid’s system so well. However, I think Bray will win this job barring a complete meltdown in the preseason because of this: He has the potential to start someday. Stanzi likely does not. Thus, there is little chance Bray will be exposed for other teams if the Chiefs like him coming out of camp.

In other AFC West notes:

San Diego receiver Vincent Brown is back practicing after missing a week with a hamstring injury. Brown is expected to be a vital part of the Chargers’ offense after missing all of last season with a broken ankle.

San Diego running back Danny Woodhead is missing his third straight day of practice.

San Diego defensive back Marcus Gilchrist also may have trouble playing Thursday night against Seattle because of a hamstring issue.