Pat Shurmur wanted a veteran backup quarterback on Giants quarterback depth chart.
That’s what caused the first-year coach to choose between youngsters Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta — Webb was the odd man out after taking zero regular-snaps as a rookie — in order to make a spot for 30-year-old journeyman Alex Tanney.
The Giants are bringing in Matt McGloin for a workout, according to NFL Network. McGloin, who played in 13 games with seven starts from 2013-16 with the Raiders, was just released by the Chiefs.
“Here’s the thing with a veteran backup quarterback: They can go in and function with very few reps,” Shurmur said. “And I think that’s an attribute that I look for in a guy that could potentially be a backup to a guy like Eli, because they don’t get that many reps during the training sessions.”
Tanney’s only career regular-season action was going 10-of-14 with a touchdown in the 2015 season finale for the Titans.
Asked what made Tanney the right choice for the Giants in May when there were other veterans available on free agency with more game experience, Shurmur said, “He’s the one we signed and he’s the one that we worked with and he’s the one we liked. That’s what it is.”
Shurmur did not declare a No. 2 quarterback behind starter Eli Manning.
“I do like having a veteran presence in that group,” Shurmur said.
The Giants also are bringing in wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Quadree Henderson and Jo-Jo Dotson and defensive Daeshon Hall for workouts, according to various media reports. Hall was drafted in the third round by the Panthers (with Gettleman as general manager) in 2017.
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