New England Patriots Breakout Candidates: Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

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I’ve never ever been a fan of quarterback Tim Tebow. Not while he attended the University of Florida. Not as a surprise first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos and certainly not as Mark Sanchez’s backup with the New York Jets.

Now my reason for not liking Tebow has nothing to do with him as a person and has everything to do with him playing the position of quarterback. Like so many pundits, naysayers and football experts, I just never felt Tebow was any good at consistently throwing the ball down field.

So now why all of the sudden do I feel the same Tebow who ran one of the many variations of the option (that I loath) will break out and have a successful 2013 NFL campaign? Well, like the Fox News Network, I’m trying to be fair and balanced. Also, aiding in Tebow’s possible achievements this season, four words: The New England Patriots.

That’s not to say that as soon as Tebow straps on a Patriots helmet he’s going to magically become a Pro Bowler (although, I have a really good friend whom I inadvertently indoctrinated into the Patriot Way that would think otherwise). Also, Tebow’s breakout season all hinges on if he can make the team’s final opening-day roster. But for the sake of the article, we’ll assume that Tebow is with the Patriots come September. Now what would it take for Tebow to break on through to the other side? Well, for one, his intangibles. Tebow has the heart of a champion. No one can deny, me included, that Tebow is indeed a football player, if not a quarterback.

Tebow’s willingness to leave it all on the field and his passion for winning are reasons that he’s still in the league despite his shortcomings as a quarterback. Now with the Patriots, and Bill Belichick in particular, with his willingness to move players around the field from offense to defense and vice versa, it’s more than possible that Tebow will have a season of the ages playing a position other than quarterback.

With the Patriots lacking at the tight end position at the moment, it’s conceivable that Tebow will be asked to step into the tight end/H back hybrid role that Aaron Hernandez once played. As a former option quarterback, this role would be an easy adjustment and fit for Tebow and the Patriots as well. With Tom Brady still on the roster, if Tebow gets open, then Tebow will get the football. And depending on how many times Tebow receives the ball will help dictate just how much of a breakout season he will have in 2013.

 

M. Quann Boyd is a writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @MQuannBoyd. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

 


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  • mobetta

    yeah, when pigs fly….

    • captaindandan

      Nice of you to share your faith — WHY do some of you folks just HATE Tim Tebow? As of right now, he could be out spending some of his money from Denver & Jets of a nice Ferrari for himself.
      DO YOU know what Tebow does with his money? Go to http://www.timtebowfoundation.org and see what he is doing to help people all across the globe! No B.S. I was so impressed, wifey & I kicked in a couple hundred bucks.

      So after Tim’s short NFL career is over: I imagine him as a preacher, minister, helper, somewhere in the U.S.A.

      After all, WHO ELSE (NFLnow) is invited to preach at the pulpit of evangelical Christian church? Name them:

      Hope you have a really nice life; don’t be so hard on a man you don’t even know.

  • captaindandan

    Amen, brother! You said EXACTLY what I’ve been saying right down to the position of ‘U’ back like Aaron Hernandez played. And Julian Edleman is a wide-receiver convert from qb. If ANYBODY can help Tebow’s career it will be Belechick and the Patriots.
    MANY of us ordinary folks LOVE Tim Tebow for his POWER to run over defensive players. Other of us love Tebow for his unashamedly kneeling in prayer and giving thanks to the ONE who provided Tim with his gifts.
    SO GO PATRIOTS!!
    GO TIM TEBOW & P.T.L.
    GO TIEAM GO……
    whoops, there is no “i” in team. LOL

  • captaindandan

    1 3 5 7 9…..

    Amen, brother! You said EXACTLY what I’ve been saying right down to
    the position of ‘U’ back like Aaron Hernandez played. And Julian Edleman
    is a wide-receiver convert from qb. If ANYBODY can help Tebow’s career
    it will be Belechick and the Patriots.

    MANY of us ordinary folks
    LOVE Tim Tebow for his POWER to run over defensive players. Other of us
    love Tebow for his unashamedly kneeling in prayer and giving thanks to
    the ONE who provided Tim with his gifts.

    SO GO PATRIOTS!!
    GO TIM TEBOW & P.T.L.

    GO TIEAM GO……whoops, there is no “i” in team. LOL
    10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 kickoff

  • captaindandan

    Funny thing happened this Friday 08/09/13: I signed up with Verizon and got NFL network.

    Tried to watch Tim Tebow. = Watched Brady; = Watched Ryan Mallett;

    Finally! Watched Tebow–not as polished as the others. The one throw to the end zone was 6 inches from being a t.d.! 6 inches.
    9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
    Well,
    our 60 inch Mitsubishi TV just ‘stopped working’ (BLACK FACE) sound =
    OK. So
    I tried to get NFL Network on my p.c. — none of the passwords
    worked for Verizon and for MSN (How it got signed OFF I don’t know.)!!!
    I gave up and as a last resort went to Master bedroom and old Panasonic 32″ tube TV–guess WHAT?
    ANNOUNCER: “We will now be taking you to the Cowboys at the Raiders.”

    There
    is PROOF ladies and gentlemen, that God doesn’t play favorites. I tried
    and failed thru three venues to watch my man Tim Tebow.
    Maybe we can watch Tim next week.

    Meanwhile,
    all you NASTY individuals who post falsehoods, and disgusting remarks
    – I challenge YOU to go to http://www.timtebowfoundation.org and see what this
    man is doing all over the planet!!
    He’s not buying himself Ferrari’s etc. He’s working on building a hospital in the Philippines etc.God bless you all