Tim Tebow catching passes, but spending ’99 percent’ of his time at quarterback

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The New England Patriots need pass-catchers as badly as any team in the NFL. So, you never pictured Tim Tebow reaching up and grabbing balls? Perhaps Bill Belichick, in his own mind’s eye, has.

Tebow is taking part in catch-and-run drills in these early days of training camp. Resist the urge to read too much into it, but know that Tebow is an athlete first and foremost.
Tim Tebow has been sighted catching passes in Patriots’ practices, but the truth is, not much should be made of it. He’s spending 99 percent of his time at quarterback. (AP photo)“He’s just practicing his open-field running,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told the Boston Globe. “We know Tim has a skill set that some of these other guys don’t possess in terms of his ability to run with it, scramble with it when he has it in his hands.”

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Based on reports, Tebow is actually spending 99 percent of his time at quarterback—both on the field when running the third-team offense, and in meetings.

McDaniels added that Tebow is putting in “a lot of time and effort to improve his individual skill set to play the position of quarterback in our offense.”

That doesn’t mean he couldn’t and wouldn’t be used elsewhere.

It’s not a stretch to envision Tebow lining up at tight end, especially in this offense that so desperately needs them. Aaron Hernandez is history. Rob Gronkowski is out indefinitely as he recuperates from surgeries on his arm and neck.

The current tight ends on the roster: Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, Brandon Ford and Zach Sudfeld.

With that lineup, why not Tebow, at least sparingly? It will take a big group effort to make up for the 106 catches for 1,273 yards and 16 touchdowns that Hernandez and Gronkowski combined for.

McDaniels said that he has in the past used quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Doug Flutie in catch-and-run drills, too, because of their running ability.

So, don’t make too much of the Tebow pass-catch sightings. The Boston Globe reports that he spends five minutes on the drill during each practice. It’s designed to help ballcarriers elude defenders and protect the ball.

“It’s a normal procedure we go through in training camp,” McDaniels said.


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16 Responses to “Tim Tebow catching passes, but spending ’99 percent’ of his time at quarterback”

  1. Bigfan says:

    Heard Coach Meyer talk on First Take this am and his comments…paraphrasing…HS Football (FB) ain’t college FB & college FB ain’t the NFL FB. Everyone seems to forget Timmy worked under Chris Leak who won a BCS Nat’l Cship in 2007 so Timmy is getting what he needs and in a few years he will be ready.

    P.S. He made Steven A. Smith say he will never say anything bad about Tebow again!!

  2. tawk2 says:

    I am not going to post the link here, but Rex Ryan is talking bad about Tim again, saying the reason he only let Tim run the ball most of the time was because Tim cannot throw! Rex said he is going with a wildcat offense more this year, and wants to incorporate the option. He said pretty much Tim was nothing like Kapernick because Kapernick can throw the ball or run. I am so tired of Rex taking jabs at Tim, the only reason Rex did not let Tim pass last year is because he knew he would should up Sanchez! He needs to shut is lying trap. Rex needs to ask the Steelers about how bad Tim passes!

    Sorry Rex just makes my blood boil at times! Such a lying scumbag. He has two quarterbacks one who leads the league in interceptions and one who is full of himself. I cannot wait to hear how his season plays out this year, lol. I hope he gets canned and shown the door. He Rex what goes around comes around, Karma can be really bad when you get on her bad side.

    Sorry just had to vent. Sorry I did not post the link, but I did not want to trash up the site with Ryan’s lies.

    • Sage says:

      Over time, an idiot exposes himself. For 20 or 30 years, some people have wanted to pretend the planet is getting hotter and hotter because humans are living in it. Nature eventually exposes lies such as that. Tebow, too, will make fools of those who are peddling a dishonest agenda.

    • Portia11 says:

      Here you go Tawk. 🙂

      Chris Wesseling summed it up best: “The rest of the league is playing chess, and Rex is over in the corner with his Lincoln Logs.”

      This is where this comes from ^^ https://twitter.com/ChrisWesseling/status/362627965579821056

      Posted by Potzer on TebowFansForum

      • tawk2 says:

        Thanks for posting Portia, Bill is a brilliant coach and if he truly believes in Tim the sky is the limit!

        Thanks again!

    • Tisa says:

      Tawk, Ryan is setting himself up for a fall that will make the Butt Fumble look like a Superbowl play. The Patriots are practicing Tebow and I just know he is going to see the field in some form when they play the Jets to allow Belichick to show Ryan what he could have done if he had known how to. I am reading that Timmy is getting better everyday. He was sharing time with Brady today, not Mallet, Timmy. Timmy is going to make this team and he is going to do it as Brady’s back-up!

      • ck says:

        Tisa: Now, that is what I like to read…positive affirmation w/T2 finally getting a chance!! Thanks Tisa for one of many great posts!:D

  3. The Mascot Army says:

    I agree with meyer about tims opportunity to improve now being perfect, but that doesnt mean tebow couldnt still start in the nfl. There are duds starting right now that are worse choices than even an imperfected tebow.

    • Sage says:

      Meyer may have felt like he needed to say it that way to keep harmony with BB and the Patriots. They’re looking to minimize turmoil.

      • TheMascotArmy says:

        That’s a good point.

      • tawk2 says:

        You are probably right Sage, too me it looked like Urban was holding back at times. I could tell he really was not happy with Stephen A. either, lol. My hubby said Stephen A. promising Meyer he would not talk bad about Tim anymore was such a lie. He said Stephen A. will continue to bash Tim any chance he gets, I agree with my hubby.

    • tawk2 says:

      Your so right I too believe Tim can play quarterback better than many of the starting quarterbacks right now, if only given a true chance to succeed. But I do think Meyer was trying to protect Tim from not saying that to Skip and Stephen A. on national tv. Meyer knows how good Tim is and knows he will succeed if only given a chance. I could tell at times during the interview that Meyer was holding back.

  4. TheMascotArmy says:

    Meyer’s comments had me think this…Imagine most of the nfl was running the offense used in Seattle. only idiots would be saying guys like Tom Brady were system qbs who couldn’t play in the nfl. a lot of those idiots are running nfl teams, or talking football on tv.

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