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Doug Pederson believes Chase Daniel is ready to be a starter

Chase Daniel

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) passes before the start of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Chase Daniel has spent his seven seasons in the NFL sitting behind Drew Brees in New Orleans and Alex Smith in Kansas City.

He’s only started two games in his career and has completed just 50-of-77 passes for 464 yards with a touchdown and an interception. But in more extended playing time during the preseason, Daniel has shown promise. He completed 77 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and one interception in four games last August.

One person who is in Daniel’s corner is former Chiefs offensive coordinator and new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

Speaking at the NFL Combine on Wednesday, Pederson said he believed Daniel was ready to get a chance to start in the NFL.

Given an opportunity, yes, I think he can be,” Pederson said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “The people that obviously worked with him for the last three years know that he has an opportunity there, and hopefully he gets his chance.”

Daniel is set to be an unrestricted free agent next month and will likely test the market in hopes of finding a team willing to give him a chance to compete for a starting job. Given Daniel’s preseason production and competent performances in his two regular season starts, he’s worth the discussion among a relatively weak free agent quarterback crop.

Pederson coached Daniel for three years with the Chiefs and believes he’s capable should a team give him an opportunity.

“The couple games he did start in Kansas City, to me, has proven that he can take over a team,” Pederson said.