Just filed to ESPN: The Patriots are signing QB Tim Tebow and expect him to be in minicamp tomorrow
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 10, 2013
The former New York Jets quarterback was released earlier this offseason and it appeared that his days in the NFL were over, but Bill Belichick, who has resurrected the careers of many in his career, is rolling the dice on the polarizing Tebow. The signing reunited Tebow with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted the former Heisman trophy winner and two-time champion from Florida.
Tebow appeared in 12 games with the Jets in a lost season for him, but I believe he will be put in a position to make plays in the Patriots’ short-yardage and goal line offense this season. The biggest difference between last season in New York and this season with New England, assuming he makes the 53-man roster, is that the Patriots actually have competent coaches.
I would expect Tebow to line up in the backfield as a wildcat quarterback, much in the same way he was in his freshman season at Florida when Chris Leak was the team’s starting quarterback. With the uncertain health of Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots have found themselves a new red-zone weapon in Tebow, and I think he could score 6-8 touchdowns this season.
The Patriots have nothing to lose by adding Tebow, and he won’t be subjected to the same media circus that followed his every waking move in New York. Belichick is the best coach in the NFL, and will handle his newest player with great aplomb as per usual in New England.
I can’t wait for his first game back in New York.