Chase Daniel QB KC 2 Months

Daniel completed 16-of-27 passes for 157 yards during Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Daniel, starting in place of Alex Smith, who suffered a ruptured spleen earlier this week, connected with five different receivers and appeared to throw the first touchdown pass to a wide receiver this season, only for Dwayne Bowe to fumble at the one-yard line, with tight end Travis Kelce recovering in the end zone for their lone TD of the day. Smith is fully expected to return to health well before next season, which means Daniel will return to his backup role with little chance of supplanting Smith without an injury.

Chase Daniel QB KC 2 Months

Daniel will start in place of Alex Smith (lacerated spleen) on Sunday against the Chargers, reports.

With Smith looking at a six-week recovery, Daniel would also be in line to start for the Chiefs in the playoffs, should the team qualify for the postseason. Daniels also started for the Chiefs in Week 17 against the Chargers last season, when the team rested several key players, recording 200 passing yards and a touchdown, while completing 21-of-30 pass attempts in the process. This time around, Daniel remains a fantasy dart, while helming a Kansas City offense in which a wide receiver has yet to score a TD this season.

Chase Daniel QB KC 6 Months

Daniel will start Thursday's preseason game against the Packers, the Chiefs' official site reports.

Coach Andy Reid said he doesn't typically play starters in the fourth preseason, and Daniel will get the start in the place of Alex Smith as a result. He will play the first quarter of the game while the remaining three quarters will be split between Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray.

Chase Daniel QB KC 7 Months

Daniel completed 8-of-10 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Thursday's preseason opener against the Bengals.

After throwing a pick-six earlier in the game, Daniel bounced back by connecting with TE Travis Kelce on a 69-yard touchdown play. At this stage, Daniel remains on track to serve as the Chiefs' No. 2 QB behind starter Alex Smith, with the team's initial preseason depth chart (which lists Tyler Bray third, followed by Aaron Murray) reflecting that.

Chase Daniel QB KC 7 Months

The Kansas City Star suggests Chiefs backup QBs Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray are competing for one roster spot.

According to beat writer Terez Paylor, rookie Aaron Murray is "likely a lock" behind starter Alex Smith. Daniel is due a $2.35 million base salary and could be one-and-done in Kansas City after signing a three-year, $10 million contract last offseason. Bray has a rocket arm and prototypical size, but will have to take the next step in his development as a sophomore to unseat Daniel as the No. 2.

Chase Daniel QB KC Nov 27 '79

The Chiefs can save $1.4 million by releasing Chase Daniel.

Daniel is due a $2.35 million base salary next year and isn't a lock to beat out Tyler Bray as Alex Smith's backup. He signed a three-year, $10 million contract last March and could be released after just one season with the Chiefs facing cap issues in 2014.

Chase Daniel QB KC Oct 10 '79

Chase Daniel completed 21-of-30 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' Week 17 loss to San Diego.

He added seven scrambles for 59 yards. Daniel got the start with Kansas City resting Alex Smith et al, and served in a dumbed-down game manager role, showing accurate short-passing ability and scrambling chops. Long a favorite of Andy Reid, Daniel signed a three-year, $10 million contract in the offseason to back up Smith. He'll resume that role in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

Chase Daniel QB KC Oct 09 '79

Chase Daniel is expected to be the Chiefs' starting quarterback Sunday against the Chargers.

Kansas City is in all-out rest-starters mode, sitting Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles even though they are 100 percent healthy. Beat writers also noticed rookie third-string quarterback Tyler Bray preparing before the game as if he might share snaps with Daniel. The Chiefs are without Charles, Dwayne Bowe, and left tackle Branden Albert against San Diego.

Chase Daniel QB KC Dec 23 '78

Chase Daniel's three-year, $10 million deal with the Chiefs will void if he throws for more than 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in any given season.

In other words, if he becomes a starter, he'll be able to get paid like a starter the following offseason. Barring injury to Alex Smith, Daniel shouldn't get the chance in 2013, but it's a creative clause on the part of his agent.

Chase Daniel QB KC Dec 21 '78

Chiefs agreed to terms with QB Chase Daniel, formerly of the Saints, on a three-year contract.

Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the deal is believed to be worth over $3 million per year. That's quite a pay-day for a player who has attempted just nine career passes, and will enter 2013 as Alex Smith's strict backup. New coach Andy Reid is clearly trying to groom Daniel into a future starter, but he shouldn't threaten Smith's job status this season. Reid has never been one to get caught short at the game's most important position.