Tim Tebow makes Patriots debut

By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com
PHILADELPHIA — New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow made his preseason debut on Friday night after No. 2 quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered a head injury in the second quarter.

Tebow, who has been working as the team’s third-string quarterback, was 0-for-2 on his first drive before being sacked on third down, leading to a punt. He finished the night 4-for-12 for 55 passing yards to go along with 31 yards rushing on four carries.

Tebow played the entire second half for the Patriots, as Mallett did not return to the game. Tebow led one scoring drive, with running back LeGarrette Blount rushing for a 1-yard touchdown on the team’s first possession of the second half.

The Patriots turned to a decidedly different offensive system for stretches of the second half than what they run with regular starter Tom Brady under center, as Tebow executed several designed runs and read-options.

The 25-year-old has shown steady improvement throughout training camp as he hopes to cement a spot on the team’s 53-man roster. The Patriots have kept just two quarterbacks on their active roster in three of the past four seasons.

Though Tebow has been seen on some of the Patriots scout teams during special teams drills, he’s worked exclusively at quarterback on offense. Coach Bill Belichick lauded Tebow’s smarts and work ethic shortly after the team signed him in June, indicating that he’d play whatever role was most beneficial to the team.


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