The New York Giants have been hit pretty hard by the injury bug this season. Heading into their game against the Patriots, the Giants are going to be using almost exclusively backup running backs, receivers and tight ends.
Ahead of the big Thursday Night Football game, the Giants were forced to cut a quarterback in order to boost the running game.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Giants have promoted running back Austin Walter from the practice squad. To do so, they have released third-string quarterback Alex Tanney.
Tanney served as Eli Manning’s backup in 2018, but was relegated to third-string when they drafted Daniel Jones this year.
Before tonight’s game in New England, the Giants promoted RB Austin Walter from the practice squad and released QB Alex Tanney.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2019
An undrafted player out of Monmouth (IL) in 2012, Tanney was a record-setter in Division III. He left as the NCAA DIII all-time leader in passing yards, completions, and touchdowns. His 157 career touchdown passes are the most in all of college football.
Since entering the NFL, Tanney has changed teams no less than seven times, and did not see his first NFL action until 2016.
It remains to be seen if getting released from the Giants spells the end of his NFL career. At 31 years old and with limited experience, teams may feel he doesn’t bring a ton to the table.
Then again, with all of the injuries to quarterbacks this year, Tanney may have suitors before he knows it.