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Alex Tanney Isn’t the Cowboys’ Future

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At NBC, I explained why I think the Cowboys should probably cut Alex Tanney:

Tanney was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but he threw only one pass in the preseason. That means Tanney’s 2013 preseason action is all we really have to judge him against NFL-caliber competition. And against third-team defenses, Tanney hasn’t really been lighting it up like many seem to think.

Through three games, Tanney has completed 20 of his 36 passes (55.6 percent) for 202 yards (5.6 YPA), one touchdown, and one pick—good for a 69.4 passer rating. He’s also rushed four times for 17 yards, fumbling once. Obviously quarterbacks need time to develop, but we typically see signs of production from future starter-quality passers right out of the gate.

In Tony Romo’s first preseason action during the year he eventually became the starter, he completed 69.6 percent of his 92 attempts, averaging 9.1 YPA and totaling a 95.1 passer rating despite three interceptions to accompany his three touchdowns. Romo’s level of preseason play was far beyond that of Tanney; Romo averaged 62.5 percent more yards per throw.

We obviously can’t expect Tanney to perform up to Romo’s standards, but even Matt Moore—a talented quarterback who the Cowboys let go—was much better in the preseason. In his first four exhibition games, Moore completed 72.4 percent of his 29 attempts, averaged 6.3 YPA, and threw one touchdown to zero picks.

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