These are the kinds of things that happen when you put your franchise in the hands of a 28-year-old rookie and then try to replace him with Jason Campbell. Poor Cleveland.
Today, the Browns snatched Alex Tanney off of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. He’ll likely fill the vacant third string spot behind Brandon Weeden and a concussed Campbell. (Don’t forget that the flash in the pan that was Brian Hoyer earned a spot on the season-ending IR list after an ugly tackle earlier this year against.)
So who is Alex Tanney? Well, I could tell you that he’s a former Division III quarterback from Monmouth University, where he was a three-time Offensive Player of the Year in the D-III’s Midwest Conference and set an NCAA record for career touchdown passes (157) and a D-III record for passing yards (14,249). I could also tell you that he was voted the Associated Press’s 2011 Little All-American. And while I could continue to spew random facts from Wikipedia onto these pages, I’d rather just show you the trick-shot video that Tanney made that went viral and earned him national recognition.
Despite the attention the video garnered, Tanney went undrafted in 2012. The Chiefs signed him that June, and he appeared in one preseason game before being placed on season-ending IR with a finger injury—he was cut the following May.
This preseason, the Cowboys signed Tanney, who appeared in five preseason games, including the entire second half of the Hall of Fame game in Canton. Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions throughout the preseason, but the Cowboys would eventually cut him and then resign him to their practice squad.
Have fun with that, Cleveland.