NFL Rumors: Tim Tebow Bulking Up, Jets Wanted Him to Gain 10 Pounds

By Jeff Shull

One of the biggest and most talked about moves this off season was the New York Jets‘ acquisition of Tim Tebow, possibly one of the most polarizing figures the NFL has ever seen. Whether it is his religion, his throwing motion, his quarterback style or “Tebowing,” I don’t know that we’ve ever seen a player captivate the NFL at such a young point in his career.

The move to the Jets was a questionable one, especially when it seemed as if the Jacksonville Jaguars were in the driver’s seat to land Tebow. He is from Jacksonville, played college football at Florida, and would actually be handed the starting job in Jacksonville.

Rather than have all that, he landed in New York where he is the backup, and the team wants him to gain 10 pounds, play the wild cat and double as a punt protector. Tebow has apparently already bulked up nine of the 10 pounds this offseason, weighing in a 249 pounds of rock solid muscle.

That is up from his listed 240 from last season.

“I feel that I’m just training hard,” said Tebow, “I’m trying to be in shape, be strong enough to do anything, but also fast enough to run around a little bit as well.”

But why does everyone think Tebow will be the starter, some as early as the first month of the season? Jets head coach Rex Ryan is as confused as I am.

“I think we were the only people who never had a problem with it, it seemed like,” Ryan said. “We look at it as we’re adding a good football player, which we did. Is he behind Sanchez on the depth chart? Yes. Just like every team has a guy behind their starting quarterback, but he brings so much more to the table.”

Obviously the Jets want him to be something more than just their backup, but they are not willing to close the door on Mark Sanchez just yet. Tebow will help them win football games, but as the backup.


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