Tebow may get his last chance to prove he can be an NFL quarterback Thursday night


By Vito Stellino (Vito Stellino’s Blog)  September 2, 2015 – 8:46am

Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Tebow (11) dives past Indianapolis Colts' Daniel Adongo (56) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Philadelphia.   AP Photo/Matt Rourke

AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Philadelphia Eagles’ Tim Tebow (11) dives past Indianapolis Colts’ Daniel Adongo (56) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Tim Tebow may get his last chance Thursday night to prove he can be an NFL quarterback.

And he’ll do it in New York against the Jets where he last played in a regular season game in 2012.

According to philly.com, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly said that Matt Barkley will play in the first half and Tebow in the second half against the Jets as they battle for the third spot behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Neither Bradford nor Sanchez will play.

Tebow has more at stake than Barkley, who is a more traditional NFL quarterback and is likely to get a chance to be a backup with another team if he’s cut.

Tebow, by contrast, sat out the 2013 and 2014 seasons after being cut by the Patriots at the end of camp in 2013. No team was willing to give him and his unorthodox style a chance. If Kelly doesn’t keep him, Tebow may not get another chance.

Kelly, though, likes to go against the grain and decided to sign Tebow and let him compete for a job. Kelly is unorthodox in his approach so he seems intrigued by an unorthodox quarterback.

Kelly seems to like the idea of having Tebow try two-point conversions and had him try them twice with the first team offense last week, but both attempts failed.

In the preseason, Barkley is 23 of 43 for 306 yards and an interception. Tebow is 9 of 17 for 97 yards and a touchdown and has run for 50 yards on 10 carries.

Barkley’s passer rating is 66.6 and Tebow’s is 67.2.

The mechanics have always been a problem for Tebow and he said, “I’m improved in my overall mechanics – from my football to my throwing to throwing accuracy, timing, all those things.’’

As far as competing with Barkley, he said he considers him a friend.

“You’re competing for something, but at the same time you want to do it the right way,’’ Tebow said.  “You want to treat others the way you want to be treated the entire time – no matter what’s on the line, no matter what it takes. Because opportunities and positions are never more important than character.’’

The final cuts are due Saturday and if Barkley and Tebow are about even, Kelly will have to decide if he wants to go with the orthodox or unorthodox quarterback.

He also could cut both of them and go with two, but he kept three quarterbacks in both his first two seasons with the Eagles.

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