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Jim Zorn Provides Insight On QB Alex Tanney


There are many quarterback questions to answer at training camp for the Chiefs, so it's not surprising to find that all of the attention centers on them. Can Matt Cassel rise to the occasion? Will Ricky Stanzi impress with his first legitimate NFL playing time? Can Brady Quinn hold him off for the No. 2 position on the depth chart? All of those things will be answered in time.

But there's another present on the roster signed earlier this offseason in Alex Tanney, a quarterback who made quick waves because of his history as the "trick shot" QB from YouTube. But does he have any real future with the team? The news coming out of St. Joe has been light on Tanney.

Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn spoke out about Tanney's lack of reps in camp and how the Chiefs continue to see him.

"He probably would shy away from all the trick shots because he sees himself as a legit QB," said Zorn from training camp on Thursday. "He can throw the ball. What is surprising is that we haven't given him many reps, but he's got a real strong arm and he can throw harder than people think. Most people think it's just the little trick shot stuff that he can do. He's got good ball speed.

"He just hasn't had that many reps and hopefully we will be able to see him in preseason a bit," said Zorn. "Based on how we work the rotation, I think he's coming along. He is behind because he is trying to engross himself with all the concepts and it's hard not being around in the early OTA period."

Tanney is a graduate of Monmouth where he set the NCAA Division III record for career passing yards and was a two-time All-American.

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