Young QBs pushing Daniel during Chiefs camp

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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | Updated: 10:38 pm, Fri Jul 25, 2014.

Position battles are abundant during Day 2 of Kansas City Chiefs training camp on a comfortable Friday morning.  Four different competitions have begun to heat up. 

Rishaw Johnson, a second-year player, and rookie Zach Fulton -- a sixth-round rookie out of Tennessee -- are both seeing reps with the first team at right guard, the position left vacant when Jon Asamoah signed with the Falcons in the offseason.

Johnson seems to be the favorite to take over due to his experience and his play in the final game of the regular season against the Chargers. 

The Chiefs come into camp with four capable quarterbacks. Alex Smith definitely has a firm grip on the starter position, but his understudy hierarchy remains uncertain. Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and rookie Aaron Murray make up the rest of the corps.

A Missouri product who was the backup last season, Daniel is definitely feeling the pressure of the competition. Of the three, he has struggled the most thus far. Bad throws and fumbling a play-action pass have riddled him during the past few days. 

Daniel did have the best 11-on-11 series on Friday of the four QBs. He went 5-for-5, connecting with running back Knile Davis on a nice wheel route that would have gone for a nice gain and two catches by tight end Travis Kelce, one of which drew cheers from fans at the Missouri Western facility.

Bray went 0-for-2 during his full-team series but made the most of the 7-on-7 drill going 4-for-5 and a Weston Dressler drop represented the one pass Bray missed.

Bray connected with tight end Demetrius Harris on a tough throw in traffic and made the play of the day when he connected with wideout Fred Williams on a deep fade that would of went for six.

Murray is not standing out much thus far. The Georgia rookie is simply doing what is asked of him and getting the job done. 

Murray had the best 7-on-7 drill today connecting on all four of his attempts and went 1-for-2 in his full-team attempts. 

Daniel might end up being the odd man out as he has a salary of $3.4 million this year, which is high for a backup quarterback. The Chiefs probably won't try to put Bray or Murray on the practice squad; they would have a high chance of getting claimed off of waivers.

With the recent departure of Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers to the Chargers, the cornerback position's a need right now. Marcus Cooper, who claimed Chiefs rookie of the year honors last year, is set to take over full time at CB and has the lone interception of camp right now.

Right now, four-year veteran Ron Parker is manning the other cornerback spot with the first team. However, 2013 starter Sean Smith is trying to reclaim his position after being arrested in the offseason. 

The player to watch is rookie CB Phillip Gaines out of Rice. Gaines was easily the standout player during the rookie portion of camp earlier this week but was held out of practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury. Gaines was a full participant Friday and will be a player to watch in the coming weeks.

There are no new reports on whether TE Sean McGrath will be joining the Chiefs for camp or retiring. McGrath was seen at camp on Wednesday when veteran players arrived at camp but has yet to make it to practice.

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