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Alex Tanney reportedly out-plays Caleb Hanie in first practice

Those on hand for the highly anticipated duel between Alex Tanney and the recently signed Caleb Hanie left feeling that the YouTube video sensation threw “sharper” and “crisper” passes.

The duo is sharing first-team reps this week as Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell wait to get cleared for practice having suffered concussions within the recent weeks. During his press conference, Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski stated that while both players were progressing, he could not name a quarterback for Sunday’s contest against the New England Patriots.

“We can wait until Friday or all the way up to game day [to name a starter], if we have to,” Chudzinski said. “I think we’ll get a better sense, though, as we get into practice and as those guys are getting the reps. We can go either direction once we get into that and once we get a feeling for one way or another. I’d like to see more of them and see them actually doing and going through the course of the game plan this week.”

The 26-year-old Tanney also displayed better footwork in practice, but it is the 28-year-old Hanie who has more experience as a passer in the NFL, having four regular season starts for the Chicago Bears on his résumé. Both players have experience within the Browns current style of offense as Hanie learned under Mike Martz in Chicago and the Cowboys reportedly use a form of Norv Turner’s old offense back when the current Browns offensive coordinator was in Dallas.

“Obviously, if you’re in this league, you want to play,” said Tanney, who completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 423 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions through five preseason games with the Cowboys. “I’m preparing like I have been my entire life. I’m not sure it’s going to happen, but I’ll be ready if they call on me.”

[Related: Cleveland Browns Film Room: Screens, screens and more screens]

  • Natedawg86

    You know that, I know that, mgbode knows that, but do the Refs know that?

  • Natedawg86

    What about the flag loaded with BBs?

  • RGB

    And catchalicious.

  • Natedawg86

    I like Bubilicious.

  • Garry_Owen

    Can either of them play QB? We might them one, or both, at some point.

  • RGB

    Perhaps we should draft Kevin Burke this year.

  • mgbode

    I don’t think it would matter if it was accidental or on purpose. nor should it matter if he touched it before or after he caught the ball (obviously before getting his feet down in either case).

    I would imagine that it’d be considered out of bounds (same plane of field that is utilized for determination of TDs and FGs), but it is not mentioned at all in the NFL digest rulebook:

    http://www.nfl.com/rulebook/field

  • mgbode

    http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/4_2013_Field.pdf

    not listed in the official rulebook that I see either.

  • mgbode

    http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/4_2013_Field.pdf

    not listed in the official rulebook that I see either.

  • mgbode

    the best I can surmise is that since it would be a dead-ball if the ball touches the post, then the player would be considered to have gone out of bounds if he touches the post and would have not re-established himself in bounds even if the referee deemed it that the defender pushed him into the post.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Does that cap go with the Barbara-Streisand-from-The-Prince-Of-Tides-ass-masking-therapist pantsuit?

  • mgbode

    you guys go need to work for these guys:
    http://www.we-are-licious.com/

  • Garry_Owen

    “Because beautiful things happen when you break out of the confines of the internet.”
    What the @#$% does that even mean???

  • mgbode

    go play outside and leave the electronics at home?

    sort of strange for a website marketing company to have that as a tagline though.

  • Jared in LA

    This comments thread responses have exceeded all my expectations, fantastic!

  • hashish

    I watched the game and I can’t figure out when Weeden got hit that would result in a concussion? Maybe its self induced or a placebo.

  • hashish

    I wonder what the record is for the most starting QBs in a season.

  • mgbode

    we also need Hughes to punch Hanie in the face

  • ohio state fan

    Hey then perhaps he can even find a way to make the Cleveland receiver catch the ball? Obviously hitting them in the hands is not working perhaps he can stick it in their face mask or wedge it under the shoulder pads, stick it out of their shoes – just avoid their hands

  • mgbode

    I still think that Ward or Taylor hit him in the back of the head with a 2×4 after the game.

  • ohio state fan

    ok how about the Browns QB actually throws it to the Pat defender deliberately so our receivers can just attempt to take it away from them once the catch is made that way we avoid all that messy dropped balls, tipped ball interception syndrome we seem afflicted with

  • ohio state fan

    One must admit Browns fans certainly have not lost our sense of humor. As this embarrassing season winds mercifully down our humor becomes sharper, funnier and thought provoking and lets not forget musically keeping with the season lol

  • tim

    i heard nfl network say campbell cleared to practice

  • Lunch

    What if you added Optimus Prime into the equation? Just curious.

  • WFNY_DP

    Truth. Garcon (ALSO A MOUNT UNION GUY WE RULE!!1!) lit us up pretty good last season, too.

  • WFNY_DP

    DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE CUZ THROWALICIOUS!!!!!!!!

  • Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Throw Tanney in there.

  • Kevin Huyghe

    FYI… I gave that complement to your alma mater… when I went to JCU. I am ashamed of myself.

  • Toddyus

    Superb. Thought I knew where this was going, but the both-QBs-hurt-in-one play ending in a staph infection? Well done, sir.

  • Toddyus

    “…throwing Weeden out…” I second that motion.