ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Andy Reid was not just impressed by the play of backup quarterback Chase Daniel in the Kansas City Chiefs' 34-19 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Daniel was 17-of-21 for 189 yards and three touchdowns, each to a different wide receiver.
Reid was even more excited by how Daniel did it. Daniel often stood in and waited to make a throw while under heavy pressure and was still able to deliver a play.
"That's what separates you a little bit," Reid said. "That's quite a deal.”
His ability to withstand a pass-rush is one reason the Chiefs are keeping Daniel this year under what is for a backup quarterback an expensive contract. Daniel is scheduled to make $4.8 million in the final season of the three-year contract he signed in 2013.
His play in Arizona is just one more reason the Chiefs are confident they can win if they need Daniel in their lineup. He is 1-1 as a Chiefs starting quarterback after opening the final regular-season game in each of the past two seasons, both coming against the San Diego Chargers.
Reid said he saw similar willingness on Daniel's part to stand in against the rush against the Chargers.
"He took some hits there and he was still able to make big throws," Reid said. "He had three or four of them in this game where he was under a little bit of pressure. Chase hung on to that ball right to the end and I just thought he did a real nice job with that."
Daniel took perhaps his biggest hit of the game on a third-and-6 on the Chiefs' first touchdown drive. Daniel was blasted as he threw. His head snapped back after contact and it hit the turf. But his pass for Fred Williams was good for a first down, allowing the possession to stay alive.
Perhaps his best throw happened late in the first half. Daniel was hit hard again but was able to loft a long pass to Williams for 33 yards to set up another touchdown.
"That was one I just had to trust," Daniel said. "We have run that play countless times over the past three years.
"What is crazy about that play is that I let it go and I got hit and spun around. I tried to throw it high enough and when I spun around I saw the back videoboard and he was running under it. I thought 'Oh, my gosh, he might catch it.' I was just trying to give it enough air and I was literally looking the opposite way when he caught it. It was amazing.”