Jake Ballard, Not Tim Tebow, Will Step Up if Aaron Hernandez Misses Time for New England Patriots

By Ben Grimaldi
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The situation is not good for the New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is reportedly going to be arrested in a murder investigation. I’m not going to begin to speculate what happened and what Hernandez’s connection is to the case because no one knows yet and I’m certainly not going to speculate.

What I do know is this; Jake Ballard will step in and be the next tight end up for the Patriots, not Tim Tebow. Ballard is the forgotten man on the Patriots because he missed all of last season with a torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl in February of 2012 as a member of the New York Giants. The Giants then released Ballard with the intent on picking him back up and placing on the waived/injured reserved list, but New England signed him and decided to wait on him until this season.

Tim Tebow, you see, is a quarterback and people who are calling for him to be an H-back or a tight end are plain foolish. It takes years of hard work and practice to become a tight end in the NFL and Tebow has no chance of being one. I understand that Tebow is a ‘football player’ and a good athlete but it takes time to able to play tight end in professional football and expecting him to just learn to be a good tight end is ridiculous. He hasn’t got the talent, or the skills, to be a tight end at this level of football and the idea should be banished forever.

The Jets toyed with the idea of using Tebow as a tight end in certain situations last season he had zero catches. In fact, one pass went right off of his face mask because he couldn’t get his head around quick enough. And then there’s the blocking aspect of his game. Tebow has very little idea how to block and there is no way you are going to teach him how to effectively block defensive players who could weigh in access of 300 pounds. The very thought of it is ludicrous.

Tim Tebow has been a quarterback his entire life and asking him to play tight end at this point in his career is a hopeless idea. I’m not ruling out the Pats using him as a tight end in special packages but there is no way Tebow is the answer for them as a full-time tight end.

Jake Ballard on the other hand has extensive experience at tight end. In the 2011 season, he caught 38 passes, for 604 yards and four touchdowns as a member of the Giants. He will be the next man up for the Patriots in 2013.

To suggest that Tim Tebow can be a tight end in the NFL is a slap in the face to tight ends all around the league. Make no mistake about it, if the Patriots need the next man up at tight end in 2013 it will be Jake Ballard, not Tim Tebow, who steps onto the field.

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