Eagles impressed by Tim Tebow, see improvement in throwing motion

 Eliot Shorr-Parks | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Eliot Shorr-Parks | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com South Jersey Newspapers
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on June 03, 2015 at 3:32 PM, updated June 03, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Something that, according to his coaches, he has done a pretty good job at so far.

“He is actually getting better every day,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday. “He works extremely hard. He is getting comfortable in what we do. He is having more good plays than bad plays out here. He is doing a very good job.”

Tebow, who was signed by the team earlier this offseason, has been out of the NFL the past two seasons. Despite some success in Denver, Tebow wasn’t able to stick with the New York Jets or New England Patriots, due in part to a throwing motion that many think won’t work in the NFL.

Now with the Eagles, and after spending two years working on his throwing motion, quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said he can see the hard work Tebow put in paying off.

“He is working hard out here just like everyone out. He has some good throws, some throws he wants to get back,” Day said. “But he is working hard to change his throwing motion, and every day he is getting better.”

Tebow’s throwing motion, however, might still be a work in progress.

“I know he trained with (independent quarterback coach) Tom House recently,” Shurmur said, “and we are trying to implement some of those things that keep his progress going.”

Tebow’s play so far during OTAs has been, like many players this early on, up-and-down.

It is clear that he is the best athlete among the quarterbacks, and has tucked the ball down a few times during seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills. He has also displayed a strong arm.

Tebow has not been mistake free. Earlier this week during a seven-on-seven drills, Tebow had a pass nearly picked off by cornerback Jaylen Watkins. Safety Malcolm Jenkins has also come close to picking off the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Overall, however, the Eagles are clearly happy so far with what they have seen from Tebow.

“Very competitive,” Day said. “Ultra-competitive. In the weight room, and out on the field, we have competitions, and he wants to win them all. He wants the ball in his hands and he wants to win.”

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3 Responses to “Eagles impressed by Tim Tebow, see improvement in throwing motion”

  1. Sage says:

    If the day were more than 24 hours long, I’d like to collect an archive of Hall of Fame quarterbacks being “almost” picked off.

    It’s been a couple of years since I’ve watched NFL games regularly, but it’s my recollection that in EVERY game, EVERY quarterback makes 2 or 3 head-scratching throws. And I’m not just talking about those where the commentators insist that the receiver ran the wrong route. Practically every QB in every game. Brady? Manning? You bet.

    Okay, maybe not Phil Simms in his SB win, where he was nearly perfect. But I really do think that poor throws are a lot more prevalent (sp) in the game than most people realize. Tim doesn’t need to be perfect, and certainly no one else is.

    • David Oliver says:

      Another fair article by Elliot Shorr Parks.. !!

      Also Buzzy – Pretty neat article by Brandi..

      Bradford & Tebow Sitting On a Tee: June 2, 2015:

      http://brandi.caresports.org/?p=912

    • TheMascotArmy says:

      Whenever I watch NFL games, I can’t help but hear/imagine the comments had Tebow been the QB after something imperfect occurs (which is multiple times per game for every NFL QB). I’d bet the rest of you hear it too.

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