The Giants made a move affecting their quarterback situation, but it has nothing to do with anything at the top of the depth chart, nothing at all to do with keeping Eli Manning, trading for Josh Rosen or drafting Dwayne Haskins. The team re-signed Alex Tanney, one of the NFL’s most nondescript backups.
Tanney is 31 years old, has kicked around the league since 2012 and yet has appeared in only one regular-season game, back in 2015, when he played for the Titans in relief of Zach Mettenberger. Tanney last summer surprisingly made the Giants’ final roster and was elevated ahead of rookie Kyle Lauletta into the No. 2 role behind Manning.
Tanney did not get into a game all season and served as the backup quarterback 12 times — including the first 11 games. Lauletta was active as the backup for four of the last five games and made his NFL debut in a 40-16 victory over the Redskins at FedEx Field. He failed to complete any of his five pass attempts.
Tanney, a record-setting passer in Division III for Monmouth College in Illinois, is best-known for a video he made in college throwing the football and hitting targets from seemingly impossible places. The video has been viewed more than 4.4 million times and earned him the moniker “Trick-shot Tanney.’’