Tim Tebow makes debut to standing ovation for Eagles vs. Colts | Report Card (TKS LEX)



NFL: Preseason-Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles
Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow (11) warms-up prior to a preseason NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

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 August 16, 2015 at 4:08 PM

PHILADELPHIA — After two years out of the league, and plenty of skeptics saying he wouldn’t get back in, Tebow made his debut for the Eagles on Sunday in their 36-10 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Tebow finished the day 6-of-12 for 69 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and one rushing touchdown. 

The fourth-string quarterback made his debut for the Eagles midway through the third quarter, entering to a standing ovation and “Tebow” chants.

From there, he proceeded to answer the questions about his arm, and flash off what he can do on the ground. 

After handing the ball off the first three plays he was on the field, Tebow converted a 3rd-and-12, completing a 15 yard-pass to backup tight end Eric Tomlinson.

Tebow and Tomlinson connected twice more on the drive, with Tebow showing plenty of zip on his passes. 

Tebow went 3-for-4 on his first drive with the team, taking them down the field for a field goal.

Tebow’s second drive didn’t go as well, but did feature a nice completion by Tebow to rookie receiver Rasheed Bailey. Tebow put the ball where only Bailey could make the catch, and did a nice job of keeping his eyes down the field instead of taking off for the run. 

Tebow’s highlight of the day came during the fourth quarter, when he ran the ball in from seven yards out for the touchdown. 

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Protection was an issue for Tebow, as he was playing behind the team’s fourth-string offensive line.

Tebow was forced to run for his life during the second drive before ultimately being sacked. The protection issues continued on his next series, as Tebow took a big hit. 

Although it is tough to tell without reviewing the tape, it is fair to put some of the blame on Tebow for the pressure issues, as he did hold onto the ball for what seemed to be too long. 

Tebow also had an issue during a handoff, as he started to give the ball to running back Raheem Mostert, but pulled it back at the last second, causing a fumble that he was able to recover. 

Overall, Tebow showed what he needed to in his attempt to make the final roster — that he is an improved passer and, unlikely Matt Barkley, he takes care of the ball. 

Grade: B-

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