Will New England Patriots’ Tim Tebow Play Tight End After Release of Aaron Hernandez?
Tim Tebow and Aaron Hernandez enjoyed a lot of success together while they were teammates for the Florida Gators. There is no question the two were excited to share the same field together once again, this time at the professional level. Ironically, there is a good chance Tebow could be taking his friend’s tight end job after the New England Patriots released Hernandez Wednesday morning after his arrest for his alleged involvement with the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.
There was much speculation prior to Tebow entering the NFL that he would be better suited to play tight end. Numerous football commentators and media outlets were forced to eat their words when he successfully led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round. However, the chatter started up again about him playing tight end the following offseason when he was traded to the New York Jets.
The Patriots signed Tebow to a two-year contract in early June to compete for the backup quarterback position. At this point, the signing could be a blessing in disguise for New England considering their current predicament with the lack of depth behind Rob Gronkowski. No one would put it past head coach Bill Belichick to test Tebow out at tight end in practice to see if the 25-year-old can handle the position.
The fact is Tebow is a legitimate athlete, even if people want to criticize his numerous flaws on the gridiron. It should not be incredibly difficult for him to convert to a tight end, especially if that is what will get him more playing time. All Tebow wants to do is help his team win on the field and be a part of something special. Not only does it give him joy to be victorious on the gridiron, but he knows that his football success transitions well into the community where he can do much more good.
Tebow has never caught a pass in a game at the collegiate or professional level. His size is the main reason why many believe he could be good at the position. Not to mention, the overall athleticism he has displayed in the open field should give the Patriots all the confidence they need. The fact that he has reportedly already begun studying the tight end position well before this mess with Hernandez began certainly could mean he will at least get a shot to show what he can do.