Monday, July 29, 2013
QB Tanney's instincts intrigue Cowboys
By Tim MacMahon
OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys plan to keep only two quarterbacks again, saving a roster spot to go heavy at another position, but Alex Tanney has at least caught their attention.
Tanney, who is best known for a passing trick shot video that went viral, put on a pretty good show during Sunday’s scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Tanney escaped pressure and threw strikes downfield on several occasions, giving a glimpse of the tools that allowed him to set Division III career records for passing yards (14,249) and touchdowns (157) at Monmouth College in Illinois.
“I think he’s an instinctive player,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “I think every player on your football team, regardless of what position they play, instincts are really, really important. For the position he plays, instincts are line one. I’ve never seen a really good quarterback who wasn’t an instinctive guy.
“He’s a good athlete. You see him move around. He can escape trouble. He’s got a quick stroke. He throws the ball hard enough. He throws the ball accurate enough. There’s no question about that, but I think he sees things. He’s got some instincts about him, and like I said, it’s a really important trait for that position.”
Tanney, 25, arrived at training camp as a long shot, signing with the Cowboys just before they left for California. He was undrafted last year and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City Chiefs’ injured reserve.
It’d probably take a phenomenal preseason from Tanney for the Cowboys to discuss keeping him on the 53-man roster, but he certainly at least merits strong consideration for the practice squad.