It looks as if former Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney will be wearing a blue star after all.
Tanney was signed by the Dallas Cowboys after clearing waivers following his release on Friday. Monmouth's record-setting quarterback will be assigned to the Cowboys practice squad and run the scout team.
The move may hint at the Cowboys' intention to develop Tanney into a starting quarterback, much like the team did with current starter Tony Romo. Like Romo, Tanney was an undrafted free agent out of college, but the similarities don't stop there.
Romo played his college ball at Eastern Illinois University, just a two hour drive down the interstate from Tanney's hometown of Lexington. Should Tanney eventually move to the 53-man roster with Romo, the Cowboys would be the only NFL team with two undrafted QBs on their roster.
Tanney spent last season on the Kansas City Chiefs' injured reserve list, but avoided a similar fate this season despite getting sacked seven times – not counting one face mask penalty – in the preseason finale against Houston. In the preseason he completed 40 of 73 passes with one TD and two interceptions.
During his time in the pro ranks, Tanney has had to learn three different offensive systems. Now that he's the Cowboys' scout team quarterback, he'll be learning a new offense every week. His first order of business will be to run the offense of the New York Giants, the Cowboys' opening day opponent.
That means Tanney will have to do his best Eli Manning impersonation this week.