Despite a luke-warm audition so far, it appears that Casey Printers will stick with the Kansas City Chiefs this season, dashing the hopes of CFL teams hoping he might get cut and return north.
Chiefs' quarterbacks coach Terry Shea told CKNW in Vancouver Tuesday that Printers still has a chance to win the number three quarterback job in Kansas City over third round pick Brodie Croyle.
"We're hoping that everything is going to work to where we have the two young quarterbacks on the roster," Shea told CKNW. "And one of those two will emrege as the number three quarterback for the season. Hopefully, the odd man out would have the opportunity to play on the practice squad.
"It's not a question right now of cutting one of the two quarterbacks. It would be trying to figure out who will be on the active roster and who will be on the inactive roster."
Which means, one way or the other, Printers is almost assured of staying with the Chiefs this season. As a member of practice squad, Printers would earn $90,000 (US) - less than he would have earned had he re-signed as the starter for the BC lions.
Shea admitted that Printers had not exactly seized his opportunity, especially considering the fact that Croyle has been injured during training camp.
"He's only completed 50 percent of his passes, which I'm sure he'd be most disappointed in," Shea said, noting that poor blocking was at least partly to blame. "He scrambles a little more than we'd like to see happen."
Shea said Printers is having trouble putting playbook theory into practice at NFL speed, but added that such difficulties are to be expected for a young quarterback.
His competition, Croyle, will get a long look this week against St. Louis. He has been nursing a shoulder injury throughout camp and practiced for the first time on Monday. Because he missed the first two exhibition games, Croyle is expected to get more snaps than Printers on Saturday against St. Louis.
"We want to see Brodie and it's kind of important to see him play this week and next week," coach Herman Edwards said on the Chiefs official website. "That's kind of important."
Shea noted that Printers should get more time in the Chiefs' fourth and final preseason game, August 31 against New Orleans.
"We're just going to be very patient with Casey," Shea told CKNW. "He's got a lot of upside to him, and no one here with the Chiefs is writing him off."