So much for the whole Tim Tebow falling out of the NFL thing…
On Monday, the New England Patriots came to terms with the NFL’s favorite player to hate, bringing Tebow aboard only days after head coach Bill Belichick ensured the media that he didn’t actually hate the former first-round pick.
While many have believed that Tebow’s time in the NFL had already come to a close after he was released by the New York Jets, it appears that the media magnet will get another opportunity to prove his worth as a professional football player. The only question now is how the Patriots plan to use him?
At this point in his career, his value is a quarterback is minimal. Especially with a team that has a top-tier starter in Tom Brady and a quality backup in Ryan Mallett, there’s little chance that Tebow will play quarterback for the Patriots unless it’s in a Wildcat-type role.
There is some value, however, at tight end. Seeing as Rob Gronkowski is prepared to go under the knife soon and could miss regular season time, the Patriots appear desperate to add some capable pass catchers at tight end. While Tebow isn’t exactly experienced at the position, his natural athleticism and playmaking abilities could come in handy.
The Patriots could also consider using him in other positions, including H-back, running back (in goal line situations), or on special teams like the Jets tried. No matter how you look at, the possibilities are endless in terms of how to take advantage of Tebow’s athletic abilities.
It’s worth noting that Tebow does have ties with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who coached him during their time together with the Denver Broncos.
The rest of the NFL might not have been interested in Tebow, but the Patriots appear to have a plan for the former Heisman Trophy recipient. He’s a proven winner who’s best with the ball in hands. If the Patriots can find a way to get him the football and provide him with capable blocking, there’s no telling how successful he can be in New England.
Belichick is one of the best coaches in the league at making the most of his roster’s available talent. Whether it’s as a receiving tight end or a gadget player, he’ll find a way to utilize Tebow’s unique skill set.
If Tebow doesn’t pan out, the Patriots sever ties and move on. It’s that simple.
Signing Tebow is a low risk, high reward move for the Patriots that just shows how good the team is at maximizing its resources.
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