Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he signed Tim Tebow in part because G.J. Kinne, who had been the practice squad quarterback the past two years, wanted to try playing fullback, wide receiver and earning a spot on special teams.

That means Tebow will likely be competing only with Matt Barkley for the third quarterback spot behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Barkley has served as the third quarterback for the past two seasons.

Still, it was always assumed that Tebow would be the one serving in a multi-purpose role. Tebow, the 6-foot-2, 236 pounder who starred at the University of Florida, spent most of the 2011 season as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. But Tebow played some fullback and quarterback in the wildcat formation with the Jets in 2012. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since.

“Allowing G.J. to move around a little bit means we need to get a fourth quarterback in here and we felt [Tebow] was the best guy available,” Kelly said.