Tim Tebow Must Emerge as Primary Backup in Order to Stay on Patriots Roster( Buzzy Says: I dont think this is True )

By Benjamin Klein

Newly signed New England Patriots’ quarterback, Tim Tebow, must prove that he’s better than Ryan Mallett during training camp and throughout the preseason unless he could find himself jobless yet again.

Tebow had a tough time finding an organization that was willing to take a chance on him until the Patriots singed him to a two-year deal around a week ago. Tebow now has the opportunity to backup Tom Brady each week and potentially get some time on the field as well.

Tebow’s exact role has yet to be determined, but you can bet that he’s going to have to play remarkably well in order to make the final roster. The Patriots don’t really need to keep three quarterbacks on the team and Tebow must make it his mission to secure the No. 2 job over Mallett.

Two of my friends over at NESN, Doug Kyed and Luke Hughes, recently did a 53-man roster projection and most of the focus was on Tebow. Kyed left Tebow off his roster and the quarterback just barely made the team for Hughes—and both kept Mallett. Both agree that it won’t be easy for Tebow to make the final squad.

Mallett, a third-round pick in 2011 by New England, has rarely taken the field since joining the Patriots. He only has four career pass attempts and eight rush attempts on his resume. Backing up Brady doesn’t require a lot unless he goes down with an injury—like when Matt Cassel took over when Brady hurt his knee.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said in a question-and-answer session in February that the Patriots have been impressed with Mallett during practice (Insider subscription required). Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England reported before the NFL draft that New England hadn’t had conversations about dealing the backup QB.
 
Now that the draft has come and gone, nearly every team knows whom their quarterback for the upcoming season will be. But that doesn’t mean that everything is going to go according to plan once Week 1 is set to start. Injuries happen all the time and sometimes derail quarterbacks for extended periods.

Will Tim Tebow make the 53-man roster?
Yes, as the No. 2 QB. 46.2%
Yes, as the No. 3 QB. 41.1%
No, he’ll get cut. 12.7%
Total votes: 197
 
If Tebow plays well up until the regular season, and there’s a market for a player like Mallett, New England could feel comfortable trading him and keeping the former Florida Gator as the No. 2 guy.

Is that a stretch? Sure it is. But it’s certainly a possibility.

Regardless of what happens with other teams, Tebow needs to focus on playing well once the Patriots take the field. He isn’t going to have many opportunities to succeed before the Patriots need to make a final decision as to who will be on the final roster and who will be cut.
 
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Last year, Mallett had 67 preseason pass attempts. Brian Hoyer—who was eventually cut—had 47. Brady threw the ball 27 times in two games. With Tebow fighting for a spot on the team, we should expect him to throw at least 40 preseason passes. If his mechanics are poor and he isn’t making plays, he’s gone.

Let me say this again: The Patriots don’t need three quarterbacks on the roster.

Tebow must play better than Mallett in order to have any shot at making the team. Keep in mind that he signed a deal that doesn’t include any guaranteed money (h/t USA Today). The Patriots won’t owe him anything if they decide to let him go at the end of the preseason.

You don’t have to call it a quarterback competition, but Tebow will be looking to take Mallett’s backup job. His spot on the team is nonexistent if he doesn’t.

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18 Responses to “Tim Tebow Must Emerge as Primary Backup in Order to Stay on Patriots Roster( Buzzy Says: I dont think this is True )”

  1. The Mascot Army says:

    I dont buy it either. This guy has two friends who guess at the upcoming roster, one had tebow and one didnt? Garbage story.
    Belichick doesnt have a longstanding history of only ever keeping 2 QBs as everybody is pretending; sometimes he does and sometimes he doesnt.
    I think it very likely I’ll be buying a patriots jersey this year.

  2. shaztah says:

    I think that is bull too. Just like I think it is bull that NE was the only team who showed interest. Just because the media didn’t know doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. On one of the other stories about how Tim’s new mechanics have to hold out in preseason I made the comment about the naysayers because some reports were saying his mechanics are still horrible and other were saying that they were much improved. Guess it is whether you are pro Tebow or anti Tebow in the way you look at his practices. I believe that Tim will make the roster and will prove everyone wrong.

    • The Mascot Army says:

      what will always bug me is that when Tim is indisputably successful, all the Stephen a Smith crowd will pretend they were always right, but Tim fixed his problems, and they will probably take credit for pointing out what needed to be fixed. either way, their eating crow is not my biggest concern.

      • Sage says:

        Somewhere last week I read the report of a “study” indicating that people place the most credence with sports pundits who are most confident, as distinguished from accurate. Stephen A fits that pretty well.

        Nobody said life was fair, that’s for sure.

    • jason says:

      Tim would’ve gotten more than the bottom of the barrel contract if he had atleast one other team interested. He didn’t have other interest like it or not. Believe it or not. He gets a chance is what matters.
      Show me a player that had more than 1 option that got more contract wise than tebow as I said though with only 1 interest? …….they don’t. If the jets would’ve said come back he’d have gotten atleast a signing bonus.

    • jason says:

      His mechanics are much better but what is to be seen is if he can completely learn the playbook and learn to read pass D and anticipate routes. How he throws has never really mattered because even if you threw underhanded but hit the mark perfect you’d have a starting job.

  3. Lois Pendley says:

    The Patriots have had three QBs on the roster in the past, so why not now?

    Look at the STATS for Mallet and Tebow from last year….. Tebow played better than Mallet by far…. People keep saying that Tebow can’t “throw”, but he made 6 of 8 passes last year for the Jets. If my math is correct, that’s 75% and pretty good!

    The Jets couldn’t afford for Tim to play better than Sanchez. After all, he’s being paid the “big bucks” for the “butt fumble”! Tim could have thrown more passes, but Tim does what the coach tells him to do. Rex cannot coach offense and shouldn’t be a “head coach” even though he’s a good defensive coach! Tim could have passed more in Denver, but again, Tim listens to the coach and does whatever he plans. Go Tebow!! God Bless !!

  4. Tisa says:

    Who is this guy, anyway?

  5. Tisa says:

    Googled him. He is a no body writing for Bleacher Report.

  6. lalalala says:

    Bleacher Report puts out the absolute worst materials. They’re not interested in journalism, just clicks for their website. TebowZone posts way too many articles from them. I’m taking a break from this place. sigh

  7. BuzzyBuzzard says:

    lalalala would you like a Job Maybe you could find something else to post

    • Tisa says:

      Sorry, Buzzy, I know how hard you work for us to hae something to talk about. Don’t you take a break!

    • tawk2 says:

      Buzzy thanks for all you do for us each day! I may not comment on every story but I do read them and the comments as well. Thanks for taking the time to find stories on Tebow, I know at times it’s so hard to find positive stories. But again thank you for all you do!

      • ck says:

        Hey Buzzy…take tisa’s and tawk2’s advice please/thank-you! Where would we T2 fans be without the B-U-Z-Z?!! Have been trying to catch up on all the articles due to being out-of-town at times and yes I am more than relieved that Tebow is on the PAT’S TEAM!!! Know he will make the most of it and thank God he turned it all around in his favor!!
        You know we BELIEVED!!!

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