New York Giants: Former Manning backup Alex Tanney retires after 9 years

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The backup quarterbacks don’t make many headlines in the NFL, but former New York Giants backup Alex Tanney is in the news right now for a different reason than usual – retirement. He announced his retirement on Tuesday following a nine year NFL career where he will be most known to Giants fans as being the backup to Eli Manning for a period.

Tanney only managed to get 15 pass attempts across a couple of games during his career. But one of those games saw him fill in during Eli Manning’s final appearance. He also finishes with one touchdown pass during that career.

The backup QB would also add depth to the position for the Giants behind Daniel Jones once the Giants drafted Jones at number four overall. But he would lose out on the backup job after Eli Manning had moved on and the Giants brought in Colt McCoy to compete for the backup job.

Tanney was released from the Giants in September but made it back to the team on the practice squad the following December. As the Giants finished up their season in January, Tanney was one of the players that signed a reserve/future contract with the team – but apparently has decided that retirement is a better option than coming back and going through the grind of competing another year.

While it might seem like Tanney didn’t do much in the NFL, his nine years is impressive enough considering where he came from. The quarterback started off at Monmouth College, a Division III school, and ended up playing in the NFL and backing up a Hall of Fame quarterback. Not the worst outcome to a career by far.

New York Giants welcome back Alex Tanney, will travel to Seattle

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Going into their crucial game against the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Giants are left with a tough situation at QB. It looks like Daniel Jones is unlikely to play due to injury, and with that, the Giants only have Colt McCoy as a viable starter.

But if McCoy goes down, the question of who will play the quarterback position becomes dodgier. Sitting behind McCoy on the depth chart is former Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson, but the Giants are bringing in new help. Or more accurately, old help.

That help comes in the form of a face that Giants fans will already be familiar with from previous seasons – Alex Tanney. According to a report from Dan Duggan of the Athletic, the Giants are expected to bring Tanney back onto the practice squad. The backup QB should travel to Seattle, and if the Giants need to add another QB at the last minute, Tanney could be activated and suit up.

The team has also already moved Clayton Thorson from the practice squad, meaning he’ll likely be the backup for McCoy in case anything happens injury-wise during the Seattle game. While Tanney has more experience overall with the Giants, Thorson has more experience working with the current system and so it looks like he may be higher up on the depth chart.

Tanney hasn’t gotten much regular season playing time after joining the Giants originally in 2018, with 15 career passing attempts and 11 career completions. He was released from the team September 5th, but may have a chance to scratch out a spot once again depending on how things go now that the Giant have brought him back for at least one more game.

New York Giants: Why keeping Alex Tanney on the roster make zero sense

New York Giants, Alex Tanney

The New York Giants cut the roster down to 53-men on Saturday afternoon, and some of the decisions made were confusing, as they usually are. Releasing WR T.J. Jones after a stellar preseason performance was one head-shaking move, but the third quarterback spot was where most questioned the outcome.

General manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur elected to drop second-year passer Kyle Lauletta, who showed flashes of quality behind Eli Manning and Daniel Jones this preseason, in favor of Alex Tanney, an NFL journeyman.

Why this move by the New York Giants makes little sense:

You could make the argument that the Giants don’t even need three quarterbacks, let alone two veterans and a rookie. Keeping Tanney essentially gives the Giants another seasoned voice in the locker room with experience, but shouldn’t they be confident that Eli Manning already provides that?

Jones seems to have most of the intangible traits down pat, but Tanney’s purpose is more of a water-boy, spoon-feeding Jones where he needs additional support. Lauletta would have been the better option only due to his better performance and potential to be Jones’ perennial backup.

Similar to Ryan Nassib over the years for Manning, Lauletta could have played a similar role, and his 453-yards and four scores should have justified that. Additionally, it’s hard to believe that Jones will act as the No. 3 passer behind Tanney this season in case of injury or other scenarios.

Realistically, the Giants don’t need any more than two quarterbacks on the roster. Could it be the familiarity Tanney has with the system? Personally, that isn’t even a realistic factor to consider given the lack of talent he has in the first place. The Giants wouldn’t possibly be able to win any games with Tanney as the featured option. So, in conclusion, we can say, this move makes little to no sense, and Lauletta, unfortunately, saw the short end of the stick.

New York Giants: A First Glance At The 53 Man Roster

The New York Giants trimmed their roster down from 90 players to 53 players on Saturday, August 31st. It is also important to note that 31 other teams also let go of 47 players.

This could cause some shuffling on the back end of the roster throughout the next week. For now, it’s time to take a look at the initial 53 man roster:

Quarterbacks:

•Eli Manning

•Daniel Jones

•Alex Tanney

Running Backs:

•Saquon Barkley

•Wayne Gallman

•Paul Perkins

•Elijah Penny

Tight Ends:

•Evan Engram

•Rhett Ellison

•Garrett Dickerson

Wide Receivers:

•Sterling Shepard

•Cody Latimer

•Bennie Fowler

•Russell Shepard

•Darius Slayton

•Alonzo Russell

Offensive Line:

•Nate Solder

•Will Hernandez

•Jon Halapio

•Kevin Zeitler

•Mike Remmers

•Chad Slade

•Brian Mihalik

•Spencer Pulley

•Nick Gates

Defensive Line:

•Dalvin Tomlinson

•BJ Hill

•Dexter Lawrence

•RJ McIntosh

•Olsen Pierre

Linebackers:

•Lorenzo Carter

•Alec Ogletree

•Tae Davis

•Ryan Connelly

•BJ Goodson

•Nate Stupar

•Markus Golden

•Oshane Ximines

•Kareem Martin

Defensive Backs:

•Janoris Jenkins

•DeAndre Baker

•Corey Ballentine

•Grant Haley

•Julian Love

•Antonio Hamilton

•Sam Beal

•Jabrill Peppers

•Michael Thomas

•Antoine Bethea

•Sean Chandler

Special Teams:

•Aldrick Rosas

•Riley Dixon

•Zak DeOssie

Roster Construction:

3 Running Backs:

Elijah Penny could operate as the emergency 4th running back. Running back is Penny’s original position, making an extra roster spot available elsewhere on the depth chart. Keeping 1 less running back is also easier when the team possesses one of the best and youngest running backs in the league.

3 Quarterbacks:

This isn’t unusual but it’s worth noting the team’s decision to release their recent draft pick in Kyle Lauletta in favor of Alex Tanney, a career backup. This means the team didn’t expect much from Lauletta, to begin with, but they might attempt to stash him on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

5 Inside Linebackers:

This would be unheard of before James Bettcher arrived in 2018 but his 3-4 defense requires more inside linebackers than the previous 4-3 defense. Keeping 4 of them would be more typical but the team has a weakness at this position, making players like BJ Goodson and Nate Stupar hard to send packing. The team is approaching this situation with a “strength in numbers” philosophy.

5 Defensive Lineman:

This is a light unit, not even having a backup for each position on the field. The team either plans on claiming a defensive lineman in the next week or it means they feel all 5 they kept are proficient, leading to less of a need for depth. The team released John Jenkins who many thought was shining in the preseason so they might actually plan on rolling with 5 defensive linemen. This unit should be one of the strengths of the team in 2019.

11 Defensive Backs:

This is a rather large group of defensive backs but this was also one of the stronger units on the team. The only player who arguably sticks out as a potential cut-candidate is Sean Chandler. He’s currently the 5th safety and could be the first to go if the team files a claim for another player.

Other notable players to make the team are Antonio Hamilton and Sam Beal. Hamilton has bounced around a little bit but put together a solid preseason. Sam Beal was kept for his pricetag alone, he rarely participated in practice but the team used a 3rd round pick on him in the Supplemental Draft. Once this young unit gets their sea legs they’ll be one of the stronger units on this roster as well.

Feel-Good Stories:

Alonzo Russell was in the Giants camp last year and was ultimately released when it came time to close camp. This year he came back much improved and dominated in preseason games, creating separation deep down the field more often than not. He also caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Kyle Lauletta to close out the team’s undefeated preseason against the Patriots. He also proved himself as a blocker and even a tackler when needed. His hard work paid off as he made the initial 53 man roster this time.

Paul Perkins missed the entire 2018 season with a pectoral issue. With Saquon Barkley taking the league by storm throughout the season Paul Perkins seemed like a forgotten man. Perkins made the best of his situation, winning over a new coaching staff in the classroom and ultimately earning himself a second chance to make the team. He wasn’t the best reserve ball-carrier this summer but he proved his worth as a reserve pass-catching back.

Final Thoughts:

Overall the offensive unit actually appears to be in decent shape, pending which version of Eli Manning shows up in 2019. The offensive line looks much improved, the pass-catching units are less top-heavy. The running backs look good even behind Saquon Barkley. This will truly be the year Eli can’t have any excuses.

On defense, this team contains adequate talent but there will be young players on the field. Dexter Lawrence and DeAndre Baker will be starters as rookies and Julian Love will get some playing time at safety as a rookie. The entire cornerback unit is very young outside of Janoris Jenkins, rookie mistakes should be expected.

With each team being nearly chopped in half yesterday you can expect some transactions with almost every team including the New York Giants. They’ve figured out the bulk of who they’re keeping but they might tinker with the roster a little more as they get ready to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys on September 8th.

New York Giants: A Different Quarterback Competition Is Forming

New York Giants, Alex Tanney, Daniel Jones

When fans discuss the potential quarterback competition for the New York Giants, they are typically referring to the starting quarterback job and whether or not it should still be Eli Manning’s or be given to the rookie Daniel Jones.

Little do they know, this is not the real quarterback competition being played out right now. Eli Manning’s job as the starting quarterback is safe. Pat Shurmur has urged the press to “slow their roll” and remind them that Eli Manning is this season’s starting quarterback.

But behind Manning and Jones, there are two other quarterbacks on the roster. Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta are involved in the Giants’ real quarterback competition. It is highly unlikely that the Giants will keep four quarterbacks on their roster, so one has to go. But who will go and who will stay?

Both Quarterbacks Looked Great In Preseason Week One

Daniel Jones stole the show with an impressive outing in preseason week one. His NFL debut was as strong as it possibly could have been as he finished the game 5/5 passing with 67 yards and 1 touchdown to top it off.

It was a strong showing from the rookie signal-caller, but a small sample size. Alex Tanney received the most playing time at quarterback and he too was impressive. Tanney threw a team-high 19 passes and completed 14 of them for 190 yards and 1 touchdown.

Tanney looked like a solid backup option if worst comes to absolute worst and the Giants are forced to play their third-string quarterback. But the fourth quarterback on their roster did not look too shabby himself.

Kyle Lauletta received more playing time than Daniel Jones, but less than Alex Tanney. Lauletta attempted 12 passes against the Jets and completed 9 of them. He gained 116 yards and scored 1 touchdown.

Both potential backup quarterbacks completed over 70% of their passes and topped 100 yards with 0 turnovers. It was a great showing for both Tanney and Lauletta. This will not make the Giants’ impending decision any easier.

Trade Value

Alex Tanney provides little to know trade value. The 31 year-old veteran backup has not played in an NFL game since 2015. But Tanney has been providing a veteran prescence in locker rooms for years now.

This quality has been important to the Giants over the past year. Alex Tanney signed with New York last offseason and did not see any playing time but did add another veteran leader to the locker room. Tanney signed a contract extension this offseason to continue playing his part.

Not many teams are lining up to trade for a 31 year-old quarterback with 1 career regular season game under his belt. But teams might look to trade for a second-year quarterback on a rookie contract with high-end backup potential.

Kyle Lauletta might not have starter potential, but he has the potential to be a long-term backup for a team. He is only 24 years-old and was a fourth-round draft pick just last offseason. Teams see Lauletta’s potential and might consider trading for him this offseason.

The Giants most likely would not get back the fourth-round pick that they invested in Lauletta. But getting something for Kyle Lauletta is certainly better than getting nothing. The Giants could look to trade Kyle Lauletta for a late-round draft pick.

Can the New York Giants use Kyle Lauletta as trade bait?

New York Giants, Kyle Lauletta

Beyond Eli Manning and Daniel Jones for the New York Giants, the quarterback position is unresolved and unnecessary. The Giants don’t need either Alex Tanney nor Kyle Lauletta, making one of the two expendable.

Could the New York Giants trade one of the two backup passers?

The more likely scenario would include Kyle, simply because his youth can be utilized in a potential trade. For example, the Philadelphia Eagles have little quarterback depth and what the second-year Giant showed against the New York Jets in the first preseason game, was that he can operate an offense at a decent level, despite facing off against lesser talent.

Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson, two backup quarterbacks for the Eagles, looked horrendous in their preseason debut. Kessler went 3-of-6 for 12 yards and Thorson went 2-of-9 for 7 yards and an interception.

Both Tanney and Lauletta for the Giants looks fantastic against the Jets. Alex put up an impressive stat line of 14 completions over 19 attempts for 190 yards, one touchdown, and a 122.7 passer rating. Kyle completed nine of 12 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown, with a passer rating of 132.6.

The younger of the two represents a valuable trade resource given his youth and ability to mold to a different offense. However, the Giants brass handled the progression of Lauletta poorly. When the season was theoretically over in 2018, they had the opportunity to play Lauletta the last two games of the season to gauge how successful he could be. They elected to keep him on the bench.

At the very least, Kyle could have gathered essential game film to help boost his value. The Giants could likely trade him for a 4-6th round pick. The Eagles seem to be a decent suitor for the second-year passer but trading within the division is usually a rarity.

 

New York Giants: Studs and Duds in Preseason Opener vs. Jets

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The New York Giants opened up the 2019 campaign with a preseason 31-22 win vs. their cross-town rivals, The New York Jets. Here are the studs and duds for the Giants in their opener.

Stud: Daniel Jones

A debut that couldn’t have gone any better. I know it’s only preseason and he played against half the Jets first-team but Dave Gettleman must be smiling somewhere. Jones went a perfect 5/5 for 67 yards and a touchdown on his first and only series. His first touchdown pass was a perfectly dropped ball into the arms of Bennie Fowler in the back right corner of the end-zone. While it would have been nice to see Jones get more action, it was a great first game to build on for the highly debated draft pick.

Dud: Eli Manning

The offense heard boo’s on their first series of the preseason but that’s New York for you. It’s hard to judge Eli when he only threw the ball once but the offense just looked electric under Jones. One series won’t change him being the starter but if this becomes a pattern, uh oh.

Stud: Russell Shepard

Giants needed receivers to step up and Shepard answered the bell. The veteran took a slant from Alex Tanney 51 yards to the house. It was exactly what Pat Shurmur was hoping to see from a rattled wide receiver room. The receiving core isn’t a two-man show of Sterling Shepard and ex-Giant OBJ anymore, it’s going to be a committee.

Dud: Julian Love

The rookie DB had a tough first series; failing to communicate with Jabrill Peppers one play then getting caught in a pick play resulting in a touchdown. However, later on, he seemed to get more in a rhythm adjusting to the faster speed of the NFL. A Learning curve is going to be expected for this secondary considering Jenkins is the only returning starter.

Dud: Paul Perkins

This was Perkins opportunity to make Giants fans remember his promising rookie year but a fumble before halftime, struggling to run the ball, and add in a drop to the disappointing return. It’s surprising to see after an encouraging training camp but they play 4 preseason games for a reason.

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Stud: Alex Tanney

Tanney’s day was impressive further solidifying himself a spot on this roster. He completed 14/19 for 190 yards and 1 touchdown. He had unleashed a laser on a slant to Russell Shepard for a 51-yard touchdown and dropped a beautiful 40-yard pass to Alonzo Russell. The veteran is in the lead for the third and final QB spot behind Manning and Jones.

Stud: Alonzo Russell

Training camp stands out Alonzo Russell had a great release on a 39-yard completion from Tanney. He had another great route getting behind the Jets backups early in the third quarter what would have been a walk-in touchdown but Tanney decided to pick up the first down with his legs.

Stud: T.J. Jones

With opportunities open on the depth chart, T.J. Jones made a name for himself reeling in 6 receptions for 72 yards and an impressive one-handed back shoulder touchdown grab from Lauletta.

Other Game Notes:

-Corey Ballentine continues to impress as he made an incredible interception showing off his athleticism. He also looked like a natural returning the football. His first return was a botched catch in the end-zone as he took the touchback but followed it up with a 40-yard return on a kickoff. Ballentine returned kicks regularly at Washburn University. His stock continues to rise.

-Reggie White Jr. also contributed toward a great day for Giants wide receivers: 6 receptions for 40 yards.

-Ryan Connelly was all over the field. Bettcher loves the kid to begin with. Look for increased reps for the rookie linebacker out of Wisconsin.

-Long Island local and undrafted rookie Jake Carlock made a fantastic play batting down Jets QB Davis Webb’s pass and returning it for a 59-yard touchdown.

New York Giants quarterback says Saquon Barkley is best player he’s ever seen

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

If you haven’t seen it for your own eyes yet, New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley can fly. His hurdling abilities and long-jump are just other attributes to add to his already impressive skill-set.

From averaging five yards per rushing attempt to 81.7 yards per game, Barkley is one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL after only one season. Some might argue that his breakout runs compensate for his struggles in short yardage situations, but running 70 yards for a touchdown every game is something most, if not all RBs in the league fail to produce.

His winning of the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year award attests to his massive talent and what he represents for a Giants team that has struggled to win games in years past. As amazing as it is to enjoy Barkley from our television or even at live games, the idea of seeing him excel on a daily basis is that much more exciting.

Backup quarterback, Alex Tanney, expressed his elation of his teammates, stating:

“Almost every day in practice he does something where you look to the guy next to you and go ‘Did you see that? I’m not sure I’ve seen that before.’ He’s one of the most athletic and talented players I’ve ever been around,” Tanney told The Register-Mail on Friday. “At the same time he’s hardworking and he cares about his teammates. He’s starting to build a leadership role.”

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The talent and atmosphere general manager Dave Gettleman has built in just 1 1/2 years has been stellar — the veteran leadership of Eli Manning who has taken the criticism and drafting of Daniel Jones in stride and the youthful presence of Barkley has transformed the locker room.

With Jones learning behind one of the game’s best preparation oriented passers, the future is looking bright for a young Giants team.

 

What Should The New York Giants Do With Kyle Lauletta?

The New York Giants currently have four quarterbacks on their roster. Training camp takes place at the end of July and there will be a position battle between the Giants’ quarterbacks. Except, the competition is not for the starting job.

The Giants have committed to Eli Manning as their starting quarterback for the 2019 NFL season. Behind Eli is rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones is going to spend the season learning behind Manning and preparing to take over in the near future.

Behind Manning and Jones are two quarterbacks who are going to compete for the third-string quarterback job. Alex Tanney recently signed an extension with New York, so he might get the job. However, the Giants also have Kyle Lauletta.

Kyle Lauletta Fits The Rebuilding Model

Kyle Lauletta was drafted by the New York Giants in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He saw barely any playing time in his rookie season, despite fans being pretty high on him.

Now heading into his sophomore season, the question is not when Giants fans will get to see him play, rather, it is whether or not he will still be with the Giants. It is highly unlikely the Giants keep four quarterbacks on their roster in the regular season. So who will be the third quarterback on the roster? Kyle Lauletta or Alex Tanney?

Kyle Lauletta’s youth could be a major advantage in this positional battle. The Giants are in a full rebuild. They traded away star players, such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon, and they drafted a quarterback with the 6th pick in the NFL Draft.

Being only one year into his career, Kyle Lauletta is only 24 years old. Alex Tanney is 31 years old. Tanney provides valuable veteran, backup experience. This experience could be beneficial to the quarterback room as Tanney could provide the heir apparent Daniel Jones with helpful advice.

However, Eli Manning already provides veteran leadership and experience. Is it necessary to keep two veterans on this rebuilding roster? Kyle Lauletta might not ever get a chance to be the starter in New York. However, he could be a career backup for the Giants, and as the team shifts to a more youthful approach, Lauletta might be the perfect match.

Daniel Jones is a year or two away from becoming the next franchise quarterback. At that point in his career, will he really need an older, veteran quarterback to mentor him? Would Alex Tanney even still be in the NFL? At 31 years old, it is possible that Tanney retires relatively soon.

Kyle Lauletta young and has tons of untapped potential. If the Giants decide to go with a youthful approach, Lauletta could stick around and backup Daniel Jones for a long time. Lauletta could stick around a lot longer than Tanney could stick around for.

Kyle Lauletta Stats And Highlights

The Giants drafted Kyle Lauletta in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft, 108th overall. He stands in at 6 feet 3 inches, 215 pounds. Lauletta won Senior Bowl MVP last year, prompting Big Blue to take him in the draft.

Lauletta was a solid signal-caller during his collegiate years at Richmond. In his senior season, Lauletta threw for 3,737 yards and 28 touchdowns, with only 12 interceptions. He also added some mobility, rushing for 90 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Kyle Lauletta was really impressive in college. However, he had some flaws as a prospect. Kyle was a raw prospect who was noted to need work on the small things: footwork drops from under center, taking snaps from under center, improving arm strength and sensing pressure in the pocket.

These issues showed up in Kyle Lauletta’s only playing time in the 2018 season. Kyle got some snaps during the Giants’ Week 14 blowout win against the Washington Redskins. They, unfortunately, did not go well for Lauletta. The rookie was not ready for NFL action as he threw five passes, all incomplete, with one interception.

Kyle Lauletta had plenty of talent coming out of college. He has yet to live up to that talent, but he has not had many opportunities. The Giants could hold on to Kyle Lauletta and develop him into a backup for Daniel Jones.

New York Giants News, 6/19 – Alex Tanney vs Kyle Lauletta

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Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

There’s little reason to believe Eli Manning won’t emerge as the starter come the beginning of the 2019 regular season. Head coach Pat Shurmur has already stated that it’s essentially Manning’s job to lose and that rookie passer Daniel Jones needs to be learning and soaking in every ounce of wisdom from the veteran quarterback.

There’s a simple fact, however — Jones is the penciled in backup for Manning. Both Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta represent little threat to Jones for the No. 2 spot, in fact, they’re battling for a single roster spot at the moment.

Preseason will likely give us a better indication of who will remain on the roster, but I assume Lauletta will continue with the team and Tanney will get cut. Why? Because the Giants aren’t going to win a Super Bowl this upcoming season — rebuilding and giving the second-year player ample time to adapt should be the priority, which is the only reason Lauletta makes the cut.

Also, Tanney’s 14 pass attempts in an actual game over a six-year span doesn’t necessarily scream efficient. It’s Lauletta’s backup job to lose, and if Shurmur has any faith in the Richmond passer, he will keep him around to continue learning behind the scenes. He could very well end up being Jones’ backup for the future, similar to Ryan Nassib throughout Manning’s career.

Nonetheless–

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Maurice Jones-Drew: Saquon Barkley NFL’s best running back

Anthony Rivardo (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: What Will Be Oshane Ximines’s Role In 2019?

Dan Benton (Giants Wire) – PFF lists Giants center Jon Halapio as a ‘rising star’

Matt Lombardo (NJ.com) – Ex-Giants bust Ereck Flowers in line to open season in Redskins’ starting lineup

Cindy Boren (Washington Post) – The Giant’s rookie quarterback hears his first boos — at a Yankees game

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