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New England Patriots Rumors: Are Tim Tebow’s days numbered?

Tim Tebow

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Even when they’re getting smashed, the New England Patriots don’t see the point in playing quarterback Tim Tebow.

Despite suffering a 40-9 slaughter at the hands of the Detroit Lions on Thursday night, the Patriots refused to put Tebow in the game. They kept the raw quarterback away from a single snap in their third preseason game, considered around the league as a dress rehearsal for the regular season.

The Patriots’ other quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett, played 47 and 35 snaps, respectively. Maybe the team wanted them to play through adversity?

Considering their unwillingness to play Tebow, it’s becoming brutally obvious that the Patriots have no plans of keeping the NFL’s most overrated media magnet. In two appearances for New England, Tebow completed only 5 of his 19 passes (26.3 percent) for 54 yards and an interception. According to Pro Football Focus, those wonderful numbers have culminated in a -5.1 overall rating for Tebow.

Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second week of preseason action, Tebow connected on only one of seven attempts for a one-yard loss while also tossing a pick. When all was said and done that night, he had earned himself a miserable 0.0 passing rating. Leave it to Tebow to put a goose egg in the passer rating column…

It seemed like a blessing in disguise when the Patriots signed Tebow this offseason, especially when they lost both of their dynamic tight ends. With no position change and a horrid showing during the preseason, though, Tebow has become expendable. There’s no need to spend a 53-man roster spot on a quarterback who can’t throw.

Tebow is headed for the streets in the not-so-distant future. Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll find him enjoying his soon-to-be new profession – public speaker.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Content Planner/NFL Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.