NFL Rumors: Tim Tebow to return kicks for New York Jets?

By Gil Alcaraz IV

I doubt anyone guessed that when the New York Jets acquired quarterback Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos this past March, they’d be using him on kick returns.

Unfortunately, there have been rumors spreading that the Jets are, in fact, considering using Tebow as their return man. Let’s just hope that these rumors don’t come to fruition at any point this season.

“I think there might be some value there on kickoff returns,” Jets assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwika told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “It’s something that we’ve talked about. I don’t think there’s any option with Tim that we’ve taken off the table. So, that would be something that would be new to him as well. In what we’ve asked him to do as the personal protector, he’s done an excellent job.”

With veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez currently penciled in as the starter, the Jets appear to be exploring every available option to get the electrifying Tebow on the field. But to think that they’d go as far as letting the 6’3’’, 236-pound quarterback field kicks seems a bit desperate.

His wide array of physical skills allows Tebow to be a playmaker on many different levels. As a quarterback, he has the arm to make the majority of NFL-caliber passes. He also poses a huge threat as a scrambler, using his big frame and elusiveness to rack up yards on the ground. His size even makes him an option on the goalline and in short yardage situations.

But a kick returner? I find it hard to believe that the Jets would stoop to that level just to get Tebow some extra touches. If they’d really like to boast the slowest kick returner in the NFL just to put him on the field, they might as well bench Sanchez and make Tebow the starter.

The Jets got themselves into this situation and are quickly turning it into a circus.

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