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New York Giants re-sign QB Alex Tanney

The Giants have re-signed Eli Manning’s primary backup

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The New York Giants have announced that they have re-signed veteran quarterback Alex Tanney.

The Giants signed Tanney as a part of their 2018 free agency period to be a veteran presence and another arm to keep Eli Manning from being over-worked in the run-up to the 2018 season. Ultimately, the Giants opted to release second-year quarterback Davis Webb and Tanney spent most of 2019 as Eli Manning’s primary back-up.

Tanney took a step down the depth chart as the Giants sought to get a look at rookie QB Kyle Lauletta, but retook his job by the end of the season.

Tanney is a good player to have in the quarterback room and head coach Pat Shurmur has stated that he prefers to carry four quarterbacks on the roster through training camp. The Giants are thought to be looking for an heir to Eli Manning, but the decision to re-sign Tanney shouldn’t figure in their plans to draft (or not draft) a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft. is also reporting that Kyle Lauletta had “minor” knee surgery this offseason, which could have factored into the decision. With OTAs coming up in the spring, the Giants likely want to be sure they have enough quarterbacks to properly run their workouts.