Alex Tanney can perform trick shots with a football. The Browns don't need him to do anything more fancy than learn their plays.
At least, for now.
With starter Jason Campbell out with a concussion, the Browns agreed to contract terms with Tanney on Tuesday, bringing him in to back up Brandon Weeden, who is expected to start on Sunday against Jacksonville.
Tanney has spent this season on Dallas' practice squad. The second-year pro set several Division III records while at Monmouth College (Ill.), and he's also a YouTube sensation with a video in which he throws a football over scoreboards, into a moving pickup truck, from 40 yards from his knees to hit a goal post's crossbar, and into basketball hoops from long range.
The Browns had one quarterback on their roster and needed some insurance in case Weeden, who has twice lost his job and is being booed by Browns fans, gets hurt or struggles.
Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in ...