Tim Tebow gets mixed reviews after reporters watch his first Philadelphia Eagles OTA practice

By Vito Stellino (Vito Stellino’s Blog) May 29, 2015 – 6:59am

Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Tebow smiles as he jogs onto the field for organized team activities at the NFL football team's practice facility, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Philadelphia.  AP Photo/Matt Slocum

AP Photo/Matt Slocum
Philadelphia Eagles’ Tim Tebow smiles as he jogs onto the field for organized team activities at the NFL football team’s practice facility, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Call it the Tim Tebow effect.

When Philadelphia reporters were allowed to watch an organized team activity (OTA) for the first time during the off season Thursday, they wrote about the fourth string quarterback.

That’s because the fourth stringer is Tebow and he’s always in the spotlight.

And the reviews were decidedly mixed.

Naturally, Tebow and coach Chip Kelly were pleased.

 “I think I’ve gotten better,’’ Tebow said.

In a reference to the fact he’s kept working on his technique even though he hasn’t played in the NFL in two years, Tebow said, “Hopefully, if you dedicate that much time, you will improve.’’

 “I think he looks better,’’ Kelly said. “You guys will see.’’

Reporters, though, had different opinions.

A reporter for nj.com said he “looked as good as you can look in an OTA.’’

He added, “His arm strength and motion looked just fine for May 28.’’

As far as making the team, he said, “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.’’’

Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez are the first two quarterbacks although Bradford is still recovering from a torn ACL.

A reporter for philly.com was much more negative about Tebow’s showing.

 “There have been reports that Tebow’s throwing motion and release had improved after his work with Tom House, but there doesn’t appear to be much difference than how he looked two years ago,’’ the reporter wrote.

 “I haven’t watched Tebow up close for his entire career, but it still takes a long time for him to cock, load and throw,’’ he wrote. “There’s an unusual dip in his windup. Tebow has never been a good practice quarterback and he’s obviously still learning a completely new offense, so there shouldn’t be much stock taken in how he throws on one non-contact drill in May. But the guess here is that it will be difficult for Tebow to beat out Barkley for the third spot, even if you include his intangibles. He struggled to throw the ball downfield. He was working with a bunch of young receivers, but he often held the ball too long or would check down with a short pass. At one point late in the practice, he had a throw tipped at the line that fell into the arms of 6-foot-9 rookie defensive end Brian Mihalik.’’

Still,  Tebow probably has a shot because Kelly seems to be in his corner.


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7 Responses to “Tim Tebow gets mixed reviews after reporters watch his first Philadelphia Eagles OTA practice”

  1. Bubbaelvis says:

    We might as well be ready for the negative reporting. Even if he is flawless in practice, they will find something wrong. From the various reports I saw I would guess he had a decent day. He will only get better and better as he did in New England and in this case I believe it will show sooner. He is in a system that is more natural for him, so I believe he’ll make progress quicker. People will be shocked when all of a sudden his name is being discussed as competing for starter.
    Does anyone know if Barkley is able to be on the practice squad? When Chip Kelley said he wanted 4 QB’s I thought maybe that has been the plan all along. Last year he kept 4 with GJ Kinne on the practice squad. Just a thought.

  2. David Oliver says:

    Buzzy, et all – here is an interesting perspective:

    What has Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow done to get better?


    By Mark Eckel | For NJ Advance Media
    on May 30, 2015 at 7:00 AM, updated May 30, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    ” PHILADELPHIA — Tim Tebow, in a lengthy interview on the NovaCare Complex practice field after Thursday’s OTA, used the word “improved” and the phrase “get better” over and over.

    Tebow, a quarterback with more fourth-quarter and game-winning drives than current Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford or former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, knew he had to get better to get back into the NFL…”

    • ck says:

      David O.: TThanks for the link. 😀

      • ck says:

        oops…spelled thanks wrong. Sometimes you can’t see on the screen…glitch of sorts.

        • David Oliver says:

          More stuff.. from NFL.Com A little more foundational optimism?


          5) The new-look Philadelphia Eagles

          Philadelphia’s radical makeover gets its first, very limited tryout during these weeks. Tebow’s role in Chip Kelly’s offense will be a talking point — Kelly said Tebow is going to be a quarterback — but let’s worry about a more critical overarching issue: When will Sam Bradford’s surgically repaired knee be cleared for contact? It hasn’t been yet, and while he would be the favorite to start when healthy — Kelly didn’t trade a second-round draft choice for Bradford to sit on the bench — it’s not at all clear when that will be.

          In the meantime, we can watch to see if Mark Sanchez has improved enough to give Bradford any kind of competition at all. And to see if Tebow can do enough in these early practices to make a case to be a versatile No. 2.

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