The New York Giants re-signed backup quarterback Alex Tanney to the roster after a one-game hiatus. Tanney was waived earlier in the week to elevate Austin Walter to the roster to beef up the depleted running back corps.
On Friday, the Giants reversed the move, leading the masses to ask….why?
Tanney is a 30-year-old career backup on his ninth stop in the NFL. He has thrown just 14 passes in his career, which began in Kansas City in 2012. Since then, he’s spent time in Dallas, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Tennessee again and East Rutherford.
Tanney was an undrafted free agent out of Monmouth (IL), a Division III school. So, with all of this having been laid out, the Giants’ infatuation with Tanney makes even less sense.
But, here he is, back with the Giants. They certainly don’t plan on playing him with Daniel Jones and Eli Manning both in house. So why is he here?
“Alex has been a huge help for me. He’s obviously been in the NFL for a while and knows the game really well,” said Jones on his Friday conference call. “He’s a super smart guy, someone I have a great relationship with and have leaned on to prepare and to get ready to play. With him and Eli in there, I think we have a special room, a special group and I really appreciate all the help from those two guys.”
We get it. Tanney has been around and understands football, but so do millions of others, but they aren’t taking up a valuable roster spot on an NFL team that needs all the help it can get.
Jones apparently is better when Tanney is around, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about the Giants these days is that it’s all about Jones.
Another question is what Tanney brings that the 16-year veteran and future Hall of Famer Manning does not.
“Everyone is going to have different ideas and different thoughts,” Jones said. “I think it’s just the fact that we have another person in there sharing thoughts. Another person in there thinking through things and to talk through things. Just different perspectives. When you have smart people with different perspectives, guys who’ve seen a lot and guys who know the game really well, that just helps prepare and helps me feel comfortable going into the game.”
So there is your answer. Jones needs a caddie and Tanney is that guy. The Giants don’t want to mess with that. They want to keep their young star happy by filling up the quarterback room with positive vibes, something head coach Pat Shurmur is a huge proponent of.