The New England Patriots made the curious move of acquiring free agent quarterback Tim Tebow this offseason. Given the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez after his arrest, speculation began about whether or not the Patriots would be moving Tebow to tight end. Tebow found his way on to the field Friday night, but as a quarterback, not a tight end. The Patriots have reiterated this offseason that the former University of Florida Gator would only be playing quarterback for the Patriots.
Tebow saw action against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday. Perhaps Tebow entered the game sooner than expected after QB Ryan Mallett sustained a head injury. Tebow finished the game for the Patriots.
Tebow is reunited with his former coach from his days in Denver, Josh McDaniels, who is currently the New England offensive coordinator. McDaniels drafted Tebow when he was the broncos head coach. For those that remember Tebow’s playing days in Denver, his play on the field Friday night was very reminiscent.
Errant throws, an awkward delivery and some scrambling. The left hander did lead the Patriots on a scoring drive, handing the ball off to RB LeGarrette Blount. Blount finished the night with two scores. Tebow completed just four of 12 attempts for 55 yards while adding 31 on the ground.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Tebow acknowledged that he has work to do. “I think I’ve got room for improvement. I did some things well, there are some other things I’d like to do better, and I think that’s what these games are for. I definitely want to learn from it and improve and next week do a little bit better.”
As the preseason moves forward, it will be interesting to see if Tebow’s role in the offense expands from the quarterback position. The Patriots are not typically known as a team that carries three quarterbacks on their final roster.