Heading into this year’s NFL draft Alex Tanney‘s name wasn’t frequently mentioned by Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and Mike Mayock. That doesn’t mean he was an unknown commodity. Tanney gained YouTube fame thanks to this video.
But Alex is more than just the “Trick Shot Quarterback”.
In 2011 the Monmouth College signal caller completed 71.5% of his passes for 3,867 yards and 38 touchdowns, helping the Fighting Scots to a 10-2 record and their third conference championship in four years. Tanney finished his collegiate career as the NCAA’s all-time touchdown passing leader with 157.
“I’ve been in contact with the Bills’ quarterback coach David Lee all along,” said Tanney. “The Bills were one of the first teams to contact me after the draft.
“After talking to my agent, we thought this would be a better opportunity for me to earn a roster spot.”
“They [Steelers] were OK with it,” said Tanney. “My agent also represents (Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin, so they have a good relationship.”
In addition to starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick Buffalo also has Tyler Thigpen on the roster as well as multipurpose threat Brad Smith. Vince Young worked out for the Bills earlier this week and while it appeared to go well he left without a contract offer. When Tanney gets his opportunity to show what he can do it’s a pretty safe bet that accuracy won’t be one of his weak points.
Buffalo’s three-day minicamp begins May 11.