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on May 28, 2015 at 3:08 PM, updated May 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

 PHILADELPHIA — Everyone who has ever seen him knows what Tim Tebow can do, and that’s win.

Tebow was a state champion in high school, a national champion (twice) in college and in his brief playing time in the NFL took the Denver Broncos to the AFC West title and a playoff win over the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now, after a two-year hiatus, Tebow is back with the Eagles, trying to win a job.

“I’m just out here competing, trying to get better every day,” Tebow said Thursday after an OTA practice. “Yes, I think I have gotten better. Hopefully, if you dedicate that much time, you will improve.”

Tebow spent his years out of football on television, working for both ESPN and Good Morning America, but he also kept training. He worked out with former baseball player Tom House (the guy who caught Hank Aaron’s 715th home run) to fix his motion.

“I think he looks better,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “You guys will see.”

Thursday was the first time Tebow did anything publicly, or at least in front of the media and its cameras, and he looked as good as you can look in an OTA.

One play stood out in particular when he ran what appeared to be a read-option play, faked a handoff up the middle and ran off right tackle for about 30 yards. His arm strength and motion looked just fine for May 28.

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For Tebow to make the Eagles final 53-man roster all he has to do is beat out Matt Barkley, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 who has not shown a lot in his two years with the team.

“This is a great opportunity,” Tebow said. “And I’m gong to do my best to help this team anyway I can.”

While he wouldn’t say it, making the team isn’t all Tebow wants.


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Play well in camp, see what happens with oft-injured Sam Bradford and his old friend Mark Sanchez, and maybe this is Denver all over again.

“I like this offense,” Tebow said. “It’s puts a lot of pressure on the defense,”

He likes Kelly’s innovative style as well.

“I watched him at Oregon,” he said. “I’ve always liked what he did. He plays to the players’ strength and not just the quarterback.”

Imagine Tebow taking over a struggling Eagles team in mid-season, leading them to the postseason and then beating the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

It would be the story of the year.

He’s done it before, sort of, and that was without being in a quarterback-friendly offense under the guidance of Kelly.