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On his 8th team, QB Alex Tanney keeps chasing the dream

He is with the Giants now, but probably won’t stay without an injury to someone else

NFL: New York Giants-OTA
Alex Tanney (3) plays catch with Kyle Lauletta during OTAs.
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Case Keenum has gone from undrafted free agent to a guy who this offseason signed a huge contract with the Denver Broncos to be their franchise quarterback. Keenum is the exception. Alex Tanney is the rule when it comes to undrafted quarterbacks.

After starring at Monmouth, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. He now counts the Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans (twice), Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and now the New York Giants among his NFL stops.

In all that time and in all of those places he has managed to get on the field in only one game, going 10-for-14 (71.4 percent) for 99 yards and one touchdown in the Titans’ 2015 season finale against the Colts. If he never plays another NFL down, he will end up with a career passer rating of an impressive 114.9.

After spending almost all of the past three seasons in Tennessee, Tanney was released in April and joined the Giants. Let’s continue our look at him as we roll through our player-by-player profiles of the Giants’ 90-man roster.

The basics

Age: 30
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 220
Position: Quarterback
Experience: 3

2017 season in review

Spent the season on the Tennessee Titans’ injured reserve list after he suffered a broken left foot in a preseason game.

2018 outlook

It is easy to look at Tanney and see him as the fourth wheel on a Trike Motorcycle, which, as the name implies, uses only three wheels.

The Giants have Eli Manning entrenched as the starting quarterback. They have two eager and talented youngsters, Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta, waiting in the wings. There will only be room on the 53-man roster for three quarterbacks, and if everyone is healthy those will be the ones the Giants keep. Tanney long ago ran out of practice squad eligibility.

Tanney? Right now, he is insurance against injury. A camp arm to help the Giants get through practices and preseason games. In the league since 2012, Tanney can also offer Webb and Lauletta some insight into the life of the backup quarterback.

Tanney won’t take a job away from Webb or Lauletta, but he does offer the Giants a viable backup option should an injury occur.

No matter what happens, Tanney will always have this: