Tim Tebow taking ‘positive’ approach to training camp

  • Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA — Tim Tebow had up-and-down days during organized team activities and minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Four days into training camp, Tebow seems more comfortable in Chip Kelly’s offense and more confident making the correct reads and throws. Midway through Thursday’s practice, Tebow completed three long passes in a row. The middle one, to wide receiver Quron Pratt, was arguably the best play Tebow has made in his brief time with the Eagles.

“I’m just worried about what I can control, my focus,” Tebow said after practice. “Coming out here with a great attitude, a work ethic, trying to take coaching and apply it as best I can. I feel like I’m trying to get this offense down a little bit every day.”

The common wisdom is that Tebow is competing with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 quarterback job while Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez compete for the starting role. But reading between the lines Thursday, it was clear the four men involved see the competition as wide open.

“Coach [Chip] Kelly stated all along that it’s a competition,” Bradford said. “I think that’s how all four of us view it in the quarterback room.”

The other piece of common wisdom is that Kelly might see Tebow as a weapon that could be deployed in other ways. If Bradford is the starting quarterback, for example, Tebow could come into the game in short-yardage situations or for two-point conversions.

“Tim obviously has a lot of skills that other quarterbacks don’t have because of his ability to run the football,” Kelly said, “but we have not delved into any of that. Right now, we are just competing and getting reps. Guys are with the ones [first-teamers], guys are with the twos [second-teamers], guys are with the threes [third-teamers]. I saw Sam in with the threes; I’ve seen Mark in with the threes; I’ve seen Tim with the twos and the ones. We are just rolling guys.”

Tebow sees the competition as a positive.

“This is football, this is sports,” Tebow said. “The reason you play is for competition. It’s exciting. It’s fun. You want to get out there and be the best you can. At the same time, root on everybody you’re competing with because you are on the same team.”

Tebow spent part of the six weeks prior to training camp in California, working with throwing coach Tom House. That works seems to be paying off as Tebow has been more accurate and consistent so far in camp than he was during OTAs.

“I’m just continuing to try and refine and improve my mechanics,” Tebow said. “I know it sounds like a cliché, but it’s real. It’s something I’ve been trying to do for a while, just improve and get better. I try to go out here and work, always be positive.”

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2 Responses to “Tim Tebow taking ‘positive’ approach to training camp”

  1. ck says:

    This Sheridan guy is on it and great seeing Tebow being, as usual, eloquently positive!:D Thanks Mr. Buzzy for posting. (So much for being a “CAMP ARM”…it’s ALL OUT COMPETITION AND WHO LOVES COMPETING MORE THAN TEBOW?!!!)

  2. ck says:

    Glad he is getting reps w/1st Team and that is why Riley Cooper was oall over that pass!!! GO RILEY AND TEBOW!!!

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