Tim Tebow is fighting to make the final roster with the New England Patriots and has already lived up to what few expectations the team had for him since he was signed. Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner is third on the depth chart.
For now, the first-round pick is still on the roster, and that’s almost comforting after what he endured in one season with the New York Jets.
“He’s in a good spot. He’s in a good place for him,” Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells told USA TODAY Sports. “He has a great coach in Bill Belichick and he has the benefit of Bill having done things like this in the past.”I think (Tebow) has some attributes that are difficult to see, and I respect those attributes. He’s accomplished a great deal in his football career. He really has. But he has to pass the ball better.”
While his two exhibition games have been filled with some wild passes, Tebow has also shown signs of the combination of abilities that lifted him to starting for the Denver Broncos two years ago. As he looks to secure his place with the Patriots Thursday night when they play the Lions in Detroit, Tebow continues to block out the noise.
“I worry about what I can control, not listening to outside influences,” Tebow said. “It’s my attitude and my effort and getting better every day and just staying focused.”
In two preaseason games, Tebow has completed 5 of 19 passes for 54 yards, with one interception — horrible numbers for a quarterback by any standard. He played most of the second half Friday against Tampa Bay and completed 1 of 7 passes for minus-1 yard. But his ability to scramble is still there and he has run 10 times for 61 yards in two games.
That’s good enough that the Patriots aren’t talking about cutting Tebow just yet. Teams must trim their roster to 75 by Tuesday and to 53 by Aug. 31.
The Patriots have typically kept two quarterbacks, which in this case would be Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett, although Tebow is unlike most backups in that he can play special teams and fill other roles.”
Although expectations for Tebow in the NFL have never been high, the 26-year-old did lead the Broncos to the playoffs and a victory against Pittsburgh two seasons ago.