New England Patriots: Has Tim Tebow Secured Third-String Spot With Performance Thursday?

By Will Gellman
Tim Tebow
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Now that the preseason has come and gone, teams around the NFL will be forced to make some tough roster cuts by Saturday night at 6 PM EST.  Many talented players who could help a team will be handed a pink slip before then.  Tim Tebow, although his talent is debatable depending on who you talk to, could inevitably be one of those casualties.

Before last night, it looked like a foregone conclusion that Tebow would be on the chopping block by the final roster cut.  However, last night, although he played against the New York Giants‘ defensive backups, he looked somewhat sharp, or at the very least improved upon the previous two preseason games in which he played.  That is not to say, however, that he was perfect out there.

He did hold the ball too long at times in the game, taking four sacks as a result, and did throw an ill-advised interception intended for a well-covered Aaron Dobson.  In addition, he only completed 55 percent of his passes on the night, which even though it is a major improvement from his recent percentages, is still well below NFL standards.

He did make some good throws in the game, though, including two touchdowns to Quentin Sims.  One of them was a 52-yard strike that he threw right on the button.  On that throw in particular, he looked like an NFL quarterback.

Now, based on his performance, the question is did he do enough to make the roster?  While your first instinct may be to say no, but with Robert Kraft‘s recent comments about him “rooting for” Tebow and with the recent controversy the New England Patriots have dealt with, the team may elect to keep him around as a positive locker room presence.  After all, he is a versatile, smart, high-character player, which Bill Belichick covets.

Do you think Tebow should stay on the Patriots’ 53-man roster? Should he be cut? Did he save his job with Thursday’s performance?  Was it never in jeopardy in the first place?  Feel free to comment on the subject in the “comments” section below.

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