Alex Tanney

New York Giants
Quarterback #11
New York Giants
Quarterback #11

Alex Tanney News

Retires from football

Tanney was placed on the reserve/retired list by the Giants on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Tanney is deciding to hang up his cleats after a nine-year NFL career in which he appeared in two games between the Titans and Giants. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Feb 9, 2021 6:13 PM EST

Staying with New York into 2021

The Giants signed Tanney to a reserve/future contract Monday, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The practice squad mainstay will remain a Giant into the new league year, having gone without a regular-season appearance during the 2020 campaign. For his career, Tanney has completed 11 of 15 passes for 100 yards and one passing TD over two appearances.

Jan 4, 2021 5:56 PM EST

Expected to join practice squad

Tanney is traveling with the Giants to Seattle and expected to re-join their practice squad, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Daniel Jones (hamstring) deemed doubtful for Sunday's game, it looks like the team will likely have to turn to either Tanney or Clayton Thorson from the practice squad to pack up Colt McCoy. While Tanney may have more experience, Thorson has been with the practice squad since Week 4 and may have the advantage in the competition.

Dec 5, 2020 9:22 AM EST

Let go by New York

Tanney was waived by the Giants on Saturday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Analysis: Tanney, who spent a bit of time on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in August, didn't really stand a chance at earning a roster spot after the team decided to sign veteran Colt McCoy. It's unclear whether Tanney will have a practice-squad spot afforded to him should he pass through waivers.

Sep 5, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Back to healthy

Tanney was taken off the active/non-football illness list Monday.

Analysis: Tanney spent less than a week on the list before rejoining the roster. The Giants elected to exercise the option on Tanney's contract for the 2020 campaign and he will spend training camp looking to upend Colt McCoy and Cooper Rush for backup duties behind Daniel Jones.

Aug 3, 2020 9:48 PM EST

Hits NFI list

New York placed Tanney on the active/non-football illness Tuesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Tanney still counts against New York's offseason roster for the time being. He'll be eligible to return to practice upon gaining medical clearance. He could have the opportunity to compete with Colt McCoy and Cooper Rush for the Giants' backup gig when healthy.

Jul 28, 2020 7:52 PM EST

Gets 2020 options

The Giants have exercised the 2020 option on Tanney's contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After serving as the No. 3 quarterback last season, Tanney may get an opportunity to compete for the No. 2 job in 2020. He's 32 years old and has zero NFL starts to his name, so it won't come as any surprise if the Giants sign a superior veteran to put behind Daniel Jones.

Mar 3, 2020 7:25 AM EST

Rejoins G-Men

The Giants signed Tanney to the 53-man roster Friday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Tanney was released by the Giants' ahead of Thursday's loss to the Patriots in order to make room for Austin Walter on the roster. The team has now reversed that transaction, waiving Walter to bring back Tanney. The 31-year-old quarterback will resume working as the No. 3 option in New York.

Oct 11, 2019 9:05 AM EST

Let go by Giants

The Giants waived Tanney on Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Tanney was cut to make room for running back Austin Walker on the active roster. The 31-year-old quarterback didn't see any game action during his tenure with New York, and he'll now look to earn a depth role with another club.

Oct 10, 2019 9:40 AM EST

Signs deal to stay in New York

Tanney re-signed with the Giants on Monday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Tanney did not see any game action during 2018, his first season with the Giants. With Eli Manning expected to be retained and the possibility of another QB being brought in via the draft or free agency, Tanney will compete with 2018 fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta for a backup or third-string role.

Mar 4, 2019 2:19 PM EST

Will perform backup duties

Tanney will work as the No. 2 quarterback in Sunday's game versus the Titans, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Tanney has been a healthy inactive for every game this season and will finally get a chance to suit up with Kyle Lauletta sitting out. With the game out of hand in Week 14, Lauletta was put in but didn't complete any of his five passing attempts and threw an interception. Tanney will likely only see the field if the Giants have a substantial lead again.

Dec 16, 2018 8:36 AM EST

Coach's decision inactive

Tanney is inactive due to coach's decision for Sunday's tilt against Chicago, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Tanney has operated as the primary backup behind Eli Manning this season but it appears he's dropped to No. 3 in the lineup behind rookie Kyle Lauletta. It was previously reported that Tanney could get some run late this season with the Giants sitting at 3-8. The switch could indicate the team is happier with what it's seeing in practice from Lauletta, and the rookie could see action before Tanney does.

Dec 2, 2018 9:30 AM EST

Could play this season

Tanney will likely take snaps under center at some point during the 2018 season, a source tells Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York.

Analysis: The Giants would reportedly like to play backup Alex Tanney "for at least a few series" before the conclusion of the 2018 season. New York's playoff chances are little more than a pipe dream considering their 3-8 record (0-4 in division), meaning that Tanney's shot for playing time could come in the near future. A career journeyman, Tanney will likely be evaluated as a secondary option to rookie Kyle Lauletta as the Giants begin their search for an eventual successor to 37-year-old veteran quarterback Eli Manning.

Nov 26, 2018 12:17 PM EST

Primary backup for Giants

Tanney heads into Week 1 as the primary backup to Eli Manning after the release of Davis Webb, Ralph Vacchiano of reports.

Analysis: Through his first six seasons in the league, Tanney has only made one appearance, coming in 2015 as a member of the Titans. Still, the Giants seem to feel confident in 30-year-old being the main backup to the 37-year-old Manning. The Giants also have rookie Kyle Lauletta on the depth chart.

Sep 3, 2018 6:15 PM EST

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