Six weeks after being released by the New York Jets, QB Tim Tebow has reportedly found himself a new landing spot, with the New England Patriots. The move comes as the Patriots are getting ready to open an OTA on Tuesday and the polarizing player is expecting to be on scene and will practice with New England this week. At this point, one has to wonder what role will Tebow play for the Patriots or will he even make the final 53 man roster.
The link between Tebow and the Patriots was there all along. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted him while he was the head coach in Denver. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is good friends with Tebow’s former college coach, Urban Meyer.
Belichick has proven during his tenure as Patriots head coach, he is not afraid to roll the dice on players. He seemingly looks more at football talent than off-field issues. In recent years, he has brought in players such as Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Some experiments work, others do not, but Belichick will seemingly leave no stone unturned in order to add talent to the roster.
The biggest question at this point by the NFL talking heads has to be, what role will Tebow fill in New England. Tom Brady is the starting quarterback so Tebow will not have to go through the circus he underwent last year with the new York Jets. The Patriots have a well-groomed, pocket passer in Ryan Mallett backing up Brady, so where does Tebow fit?
Tebow has been adamant that he won’t change positions and wants to be a quarterback in the league. Sources have reported this offseason that he has been busy shedding pounds this offseason, the pounds the Jets wanted him to add last year, so a move to another position could be difficult to envision.
Immediate reaction has been that Tebow might be moved over to the tight end position. Reports in the last 48 hours have suggested that TE Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery and will miss regular season games this year., how many has yet to be determined. I don’t buy the position change argument though. It’s difficult to move from one position to the next in college, let alone the NFL.
Bill Belichick currently confounds the rest of the league and he followed his script on June 10th, 2013. I don’t expect for the same media circus to follow Tebow to New England, Belichick simply will not be upstaged by a player and during a press conference, he’s tough to get an acknowledgement of which direction the sun rises.
Tebow has now received his second, second chance. A few weeks ago, it appeared that his NFL career might be over, and this afternoon he lands with one of the more successful franchises around the league. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds from here.