KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What once loomed as one of the most interesting position battles of the Kansas City Chiefs' preseason ended Thursday night without much apparent intrigue.
Tyler Bray distanced himself from Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan as the Chiefs finished their preseason slate with a 17-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium. Bray, after a slow start, led the Chiefs to both of their touchdowns. Murray’s turnover-filled preseason continued as he threw a couple of interceptions.
Hogan finished up for the Chiefs at quarterback and completed 3 of 7 passes for 11 yards.
Throughout training camp and the preseason, Bray made a stronger case than Murray or Hogan. He missed some throws early against the Packers but rebounded to hit his final seven attempts.
That resiliency was the thing that most impressed the Chiefs.
“He settled down, worked his way through it," coach Andy Reid said. “When things weren’t going his way, he came back strong. That’s big for a quarterback. He didn’t let that get to him at all. I would say that’s maturity. That was probably the area he needed to improve the most in."
The Chiefs have stuck with Bray since his arrival in 2013, hoping to see this side of him. There was never any question about his ability as a passer.
“He’s got a big arm," Reid said. “You won’t find too many guys with a stronger arm. There’s more to it than that. That’s probably what got him through the door. He’s taken advantage of that opportunity by making some good plays."
Bray hadn’t played since the preseason opener against the Seahawks. He was slammed head-first into the turf on one of his last plays and injured his neck. So he was pressing a bit Thursday as he completed three of his first 10 passes.
“I think it was adrenaline," Bray said. “I haven’t got the most opportunities [because of] injuries and stuff. So I get out there and the adrenaline is going and so I’m humming balls. [The coaches] told me to calm down ...
“I was standing tall and trying to throw the ball through the guy’s chest instead of just putting it there and giving him a ball to catch. I calmed down, I think everyone calmed down, and we started to move the ball."
Bray finished by completing his final seven passes. He was 10-of-17 for 104 yards.
Murray, meanwhile, piled his two interceptions on top of one from last week’s game against the Bears and three fumbles in the previous contest against the Rams.
“He’d like to have those back,’’ Reid said. “Obviously, you can’t turn the ball over.’’
The Chiefs have to trim their roster from 76 players to the NFL limit of 53 by Saturday afternoon.