Tim Tebow On Point During Thursday’s Session

BY TIM MCMANUS  |  

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Tim Tebow had himself a day.

The sequence that defined it came towards the end of Thursday’s training session with the lefty manning the third team. It started with an on-point fling to Mike Johnson down the seam, followed by a strong out throw that Quron Pratt hauled in along the right sideline. The capper was a deep pass down the left side that dropped right into the arms of running back Raheem Mostert, who shook loose on a wheel route.

“I’m just supposed to haul,” said the speedy rookie out of Purdue, “and Tebow hit me right at the perfect spot.

“He’s improving each and every day. He’s out here getting work after practice, I see that all the time. He’s really working on his craft and his technique and his throwing ability.”

Tebow says he has noticed a bump in his accuracy compared to the spring, and attributes  that to the coaching he’s getting from the Eagles staff, the work he’s put in with throwing instructors Tom House and Adam Dedeaux this offseason, and his growing familiarity with Chip Kelly‘s system.

“I feel like I’m trying to get this offense down a little bit better every day, play a little bit faster, go through my reads just a little bit quicker and get the ball into the hands of the playmakers; that’s what this offense is all about,” he said.

Tebow is currently competing with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 quarterback spot. Kelly said he has seem “big improvement” in Barkley, who is certainly the more natural thrower of the two. Tebow’s edge lies in his legs.

The coaches have been calling a bunch of zone read plays for the 27-year-old, and it’s common to see him pull the ball and take off during practice. (When he did this in front of the fans at Lincoln Financial Field Tuesday, it drew a big ovation.)

“I enjoy doing that. I think it’s fun, it’s something I’ve done a lot of,”  said Tebow of the zone read. “And I think it can sometimes make defenses play a little bit slower so I think it gives the offense opportunity to play in space, and that’s a good thing.”

Kelly was asked if Tebow is someone that can be used in creative ways on game days.

“Yeah, Tim obviously has a lot of skills that other quarterbacks don’t have because of his ability to run the football,” said Kelly, “but we have not delved into any of that.

“We have not spent any time as an offensive staff looking at, ‘Hey, how do we do this or what can we do in terms of working out how the final roster is going to express itself?’”

The head coach noted that the big test for Tebow, Barkley and the rest of the quarterbacks will come during the preseason games when the red jerseys come off and action is live. There is plenty of offseason to go before the roster is finalized. All that can be said with confidence is that on this day, Tebow stood out, and did so because of what he accomplished with his arm.

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11 Responses to “Tim Tebow On Point During Thursday’s Session”

  1. David says:

    Show Summary
    26m
    Matt Lombardo @MattLombardo975
    LIVE on #Periscope: #Eagles Training Camp Day 5
    https://www.periscope.tv/w/aJTN6zQ1Nzc5NDN8NTU5MzA2ODFgOt16EzOqNQD2ehJH0GTiWtpp2crxttyKZkcoO7KJ6Q==

    • ck says:

      David: Finaly, live footage of practice w/Tebow…THANKS AND GREAT JOB!!!

      • ck says:

        Ooops…meant to spell finally and still can’t see what I am typing…guess it was exciting to see the practice and got ahead of myself, ha, ha!!

        • David says:

          Yes, he didn’t show much but Periscope is an interesting app that can be used with a cell phone camera. It uploads your video to the web site.

  2. David Oliver says:

    Buzzy, et ALL…

    Just noticed this article..

    Eagles practice notes, August 6, 2015: Tim Tebow is the best quarterback in the Universe.. by Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice Staff

    http://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-practice-notes-tim-tebow-best-qb-universe/

    • ck says:

      David O.: Like that title: “Tebow best QB in the Universe!” Think that is fitting and who wouldn’t want Tebow on their team to do what he does best…WIN!!! tHANKS FOR POSTING dAVID o.! great job too!!!

  3. Bigfan says:

    “A little better everyday”!

    Timmy must stay with his new and improved passing game first in his pre-season games…If he reverts to his instinct…one read and done/run, under
    pressure…not good for him.

    • ck says:

      Bigfan: Looks like he has won over some more critics and continues to AMAZE!!! GBPTT! You are right and believe he has it down!:D

      • Bigfan says:

        New and improved MUST prove himself under pressure. We shall see in pre season games…if so no telling who will bee under center especially come November!

  4. David Oliver says:

    Interesting…Overview:

    AUGUST 07, 2015

    Breakfast with the Birds: After strong practice, Tebowmania hits Philly
    BY RICH HOFMANN
    PhillyVoice Staff

    http://www.phillyvoice.com/breakfast-birds-strong-practice-tebowmania-philly/

  5. David Oliver says:

    ESP’s – Today’s overview of Eagle Session

    Sam Bradford looks elite, Tim Tebow struggles | Eagles Quarterback Report Card:

    http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/08/sam_bradford_looks_elite_tim_tebow_struggles_eagle.html

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