Tim Tebow is perhaps the most polarizing figure in sports. Some people love him; some hate him. What everyone can agree on though, is that he has struggled mightily so far in the preseason. He has missed wide-open receivers and has held on to the football way too long.
Both fans and analysts have been wondering whether he could be cut prior to the New England Patriots‘ 53-man roster being finalized on Saturday.
Well, now that the first round of cuts is nearly complete, he seems to have lived to fight another day. With 77 players currently on the roster, he will have to show the team that he has improved to avoid being one of the 24 remaining cuts.
His final chance to prove that he can succeed in the NFL will come Thursday night in the team’s final preseason game. In that game, he will face the New York Giants, most likely playing the majority of the game.
In the fourth preseason game, key starters don’t typically play much, if at all, so expect Tom Brady to either play a few snaps or not at all. Ryan Mallett may then play a few series, perhaps a quarter or so, leaving Tebow to play the remainder of the game.
How he plays could go a long way in determining if he is cut or he makes the roster. Expect him to get a long look in the game, trying to put together the best performance possible. This is potentially the biggest game of his career and he won’t have the luxury of making mistakes.
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