The Dallas Cowboys seemingly found a diamond in the rough this offseason when they signed quarterback Alex Tanney to compete for a possible third-string position on their depth chart. After some impressive preseason appearances, Tanney was ultimately chosen over quarterback Nick Stephens and placed on the Cowboys practice squad after final roster cuts. Many Cowboys fans hoped the young man would be groomed to be a possible replacement for current starter Tony Romo. Those hopes now seemed to be dashed as the Cleveland Browns have signed the second-year quarterback out of Monmouth College.
Tanney was widely known for a YouTube video he made while at Monmouth featuring various forms of trick shots he performed with a football. As an undrafted free agent in 2012, Tanny eventually signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. But a finger injury landed him on the Injured Reserve and off-the-team after one brief appearance in the Chiefs final preseason game. Tanney signed with the Cowboys in late July. His best performance of the preseason was against the Arizona Cardinals. In that game, Tanney recorded 14 of his 19 passes for one touchdown and an interception.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett spoke well of the young quarterback despite his short time with the team.
“They (The Browns) signed him off of our practice roster, and he’s done a really nice job for us. We got a chance to see him in training camp do some positive things. He played in the preseason, did some positive things, and he’s really approached it well once the season started to take charge of that scout team and do a good job with that.”
Tanney joins a Browns team that is in desperate need of a quarterback. Former starter Brandon Weeden has been asked to take the helm once again after being benched earlier this season as Jason Campbell suffered a concussion in last weekend’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tanney will become the team’s primary back-up immediately.
The Browns may have just stumbled on a real find in Tanney. He is arguably the greatest Division III quarterback of all-time. While at Monmouth, Tanney threw for a NCAA record 14,249 passing yards and 157 touchdowns.
For old-times sake, here’s his YouTube video to watch one more time: