Tanney, 24, signed with Kansas City shortly before Tuesday’s OTA practice. He became a YouTube sensation in 2011 thanks to his uncanny accuracy as a “trick shot quarterback” (watch the video that went viral). His throws have also featured on the History Channel’s “Stan Lee’s Superhumans.”
An undrafted rookie from Monmouth College (Illinois), Tanney recently took part in Buffalo’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He joins Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi in the Chiefs quarterback ranks.
Of course, the only way Tanney will make an impression in Kansas City is if he can make plays on the field. Hitting a moving truck won’t help his cause in the NFL.
The fact that Tanney put up big numbers in college makes him interesting. But, at this point, I think he is a long-shot prospect whose best chance is to stick on the practice squad this year. If any NFL team truly thought Tanney had a real chance to make its team, he would have been signed immediately after the draft.
Still, at the very least, he should provide some occasional summer entertainment. There’s always value in that.
In one corner, you have the former first-round pick out of Notre Dame. It doesn’t seem so long ago that folks were debating whether Quinn or JaMarcus Russell, who would become one of the biggest busts in draft history, was the better prospect. Now Quinn is on his third team, fighting for his football life. He is familiar with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s system (they were in Cleveland together in 2009). That’s why it’s no surprise coach Romeo Crennel says Quinn has the edge over Stanzi for now.
In the other corner, you have a second-year pro who quickly is becoming a fan favorite in Kansas City. Stanzi was a fifth-round pick out of Iowa in 2011 who is splitting second-team reps with Quinn. One report suggested Stanzi outplayed Quinn at last week’s organized team activity session, which was open to the media. On Monday, Quinn reportedly looked sharper.