Will this be Tim Tebow’s Phoenix or his Swan Song with Eagles?

Mark Eckel | For NJ Advance MediaBy Mark Eckel | For NJ Advance Media 
on September 02, 2015 at 6:00 AM, updated September 02, 2015 at 9:34 AM

 
 
 
 
   
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PHILADELPHIA — This is the final call.

Quarterback Tim Tebow gets one last chance to become one of the best stories of the 2015 NFL season, or play in the league for likely  the final time when theEagles visit the Jets Thursday in the final preseason game. 

Tebow, signed by the Eagles in April after not playing the past two years, is expected to see a lot of time in the final preseason game as he continues his battle withMatt Barkley for the No. 3 quarterback spot.

Barkley told reporters he’s starting Thursday, but head coach Chip Kelly said both players would play.  

“It’s been an awesome journey,” Tebow said this week.

That journey took him from a national title and a Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida to becoming a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos where he won an AFC West title and a playoff game in second year. 


Then a trade to the Jets, ironically the team he’ll face Thursday, started his career on a downward spiral. After one disaster of a season there, he landed in New England where the Patriots released him at the end of the 2013 preseason.

For the past two years he’s worked to get better, to get another chance. Chip Kelly and the Eagles provided that this spring and summer.

Now it comes down to one last preseason game. 

“It’s one more time for a game opportunity,” Kelly said. “I think, especially with the quarterback position, practice is different because they’re wearing the red jerseys.

“When you get them out there in a game, it’s another opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of them. So there is a lot of weight in it.”

Tebow, with the weight of his career riding on it, doesn’t flinch.      

“I always approach things the same way,” he said. “Stay focused, know what you have to do and then go do it. I’m not nervous. I’m excited, but I’m always excited.”  

In limited action in all three preseason games, and playing with all third and fourth-team players, Tebow has completed 10 of 19 passes for 97 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Showing that “other dimension” that Kelly has talked about this camp, he has run 10 times for 50 yards, with three first-down runs and a touchdown run.

“I’ve seen Tim improve since he’s gotten here,” Kelly said this week. “He’s improved his throwing motion a great deal. Since we got him back in April, he’s worked very hard at that. Sequencing his throwing motion, so I think he’s been more accurate.

“He’s had a good camp. He’s got another big week this week. And then playing (Thursday) against the Jets. He’ll be working hard for that.”

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