The pressing question following the Tim Tebow signing with the New England Patriots is what position the former Heisman Trophy winner will play with his new team. Tebow entered training camp last year with a realistic chance of overtaking Mark Sanchez as the starter under center for the New York Jets. Needless to say, he will not be competing for the starting quarterback job for the Patriots with Tom Brady still in elite form.
So where does Tebow fit in Pats’ offense? The Patriots already have a polished backup quarterback in Ryan Mallett, who will likely not be traded until the next offseason. Although Tebow is expected to take most of his reps in training camp at the quarterback position, his best bet for playing time will likely not be under center.
Reports have indicated that Tebow will study with the team’s tight ends. At 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds, Tebow undoubtedly has the size to play tight end. Nevertheless, the Patriots are loaded at the tight end position, even with Rob Gronkowski potentially sidelined for the first couple weeks of the 2013 season. He is behind Aaron Hernandez, Jake Ballard, Michael-Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells in the depth chart at the tight end position.
Tebow may study with the tight ends in film sessions but realistically, he has no chance of filling that position with the team given the talent that supersedes him. His best chance to impact the Patriots’ offense could come as a goal-line and short yardage situational runner. With no fullback so to speak on the roster, Tebow could earn some carries deep in the red zone. He has the build and forte to earn the tough yards after contact.
With the college star now on-board, the Patriots have the ability to implement the option-attack. The read-option has become prevalent in recent seasons in the NFL, and Tebow’s versatility could enable the Patriots to instill this offensive scheme. Given his size and dexterity, he is tough to bring down, making the option-attack an attractive option for the Patriots.
No one knows what position Tebow will play for the Patriots for sure, or if he will even make the team for that matter. The only certitude in the situation is that the Patriots’ signing of Tebow has brought immense buzz, shock and confusion to New England and the rest of the football world.