Tim Tebow may or may not be in competition for NY Jets’ QB job, says GM John Idzik

‘I’m not saying he is, I’m not saying he isn’t,’ Iznik said about the NFL’s most popular third-string quarterback.


If John Idzik’s words were tea leaves, they didn’t spell a good fortune for Tim Tebow.

The famous quarterback is cryptically still on the Jets roster, despite the fact that he was passed over twice last season and wasn’t productive in his very limited playing time. Now, Idzik can’t even bluff that Tebow will be part of the quarterback competition.

“I’m not saying he is, I’m not saying he isn’t,” the GM said at the Jets’ pre-draft press conference. “I’m just saying let’s let things play out.”

That shows exactly what the team thinks of Tebow, considering the competition already involves Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy. Presumably, a fourth quarterback will be added to the mix via the NFL draft next week. In all likelihood, Tebow will not be on the roster come the start of the season.


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Tim Tebow plays limited minutes at QB for the Jets last season. The Jets are still clinging to the hope of trading Tebow. Sources told the Daily News earlier this week that the team is still looking to deal the famed QB. Should they fail in those efforts, he will be released.

“I guess I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” said Idzik. “We just had two days of offseason conditioning. We’re running in shorts right now. We’re lifting weights. Unfortunately we can’t even throw a football for another two weeks.”

“He’s a Jet, and we’ve gone through some change here and that’s what I mean by letting things play out,” the GM added. “We have a new coordinator, we have a new quarterback coach, we have a new offensive system, I’m new. We have several new people within football administration. I think you just gotta let these things develop and evolve.”

Idzik would not say whether the team has had a conversation with Tebow about their plans for him

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