JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tim Tebow is headed to city.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign the former University of Florida star inside the subsequent few weeks, reuniting him together with his school head coach, City Meyer. He’ll be a decent finish, although, not a quarterback, which implies he’ll be studying a brand new place six years after he final participated in an NFL follow (the 2015 preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles).
Shifting to tight finish was one thing NFL groups needed Tebow to think about after he failed as an NFL quarterback, however Tebow was adamant about staying behind middle. 9 years after he final performed in an NFL regular-season sport, he’s prepared to make the change.
Why is Tebow returning now?
Tebow clearly desires to stay an expert athlete. Because the baseball factor with the New York Mets didn’t work out, that is his greatest shot — primarily due to Meyer.
Meyer and Tebow gained a pair of nationwide championships at Florida from 2006 to 2009 they usually’ve remained shut, so it shouldn’t be a shock Meyer agreed when Tebow known as and requested him for a tryout earlier this 12 months. It’s laborious to think about many different NFL coaches or basic managers can be prepared to offer a 33-year-old who hasn’t been part of the league in six years a tryout at a place he has by no means performed.
What are Tebow’s probabilities of making the workforce?
He performed tight finish on a handful of snaps with the New York Jets again in 2012. He has not been requested to dam linebackers or defensive ends snap after snap. He has by no means caught a cross in school or the NFL (his solely profession NFL goal is beneath). Tebow is an excellent athlete and he’s going to place within the work — and further work — however he’s ranging from floor zero.
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There are 5 different tight ends on the roster who’ve at the very least performed the place in school and the NFL and he must outperform one, and perhaps two, of these skilled tight ends to make the roster.
His possibilities can be greater if the Jaguars had been to create a task for Tebow much like what the New Orleans Saints did with Taysom Hill. Tebow actually could possibly be an efficient runner out of the Wildcat and the specter of a cross would naturally be there each time he took a snap. However even then, it could be for under a handful of snaps a sport.
The Saints additionally knew they might begin Hill at quarterback if Drew Brees had been injured. That’s not going to be the case with Tebow.
Is signing Tebow purely to promote tickets?
No. If it had been 2013 or 2014, then you would make that argument. However not now.
The Jaguars had been already rolling within the ticket division, due to the hiring of Meyer and addition of Trevor Lawrence with the primary general choose. Even earlier than the draft, the gross sales workplace had eight occasions the variety of new deposits in comparison with the earlier a number of seasons, and the workforce says greater than 50% of these deposits are from individuals who had by no means beforehand purchased a ticket of any type with the Jaguars.
The demand is much like what occurred previous to the 2018 season after the Jaguars’ shocking run to the AFC Championship Recreation the earlier season. The Jaguars had greater than thrice the overall variety of season-ticket deposits in January 2018 than your entire earlier 12 months.
There could be some individuals who do purchase a ticket to see Tebow — that is his hometown and an enormous Florida Gators city — however provided that he makes the workforce.
What does he carry to the workforce that, say, Trey Burton wouldn’t?
That’s … unclear.
Being an instance for youthful gamers? There are already a number of veteran gamers who can do this — guys like vast receiver Marvin Jones Jr., linebacker Myles Jack, linebacker Joe Schobert, middle Brandon Linder and security Jarrod Wilson. These guys have performed a variety of soccer and would have extra cachet with gamers. Plus, virtually each NFL participant works laborious within the weight room and at follow. Lots do additional work, whether or not it’s after follow, within the assembly room, or by finding out movie at dwelling. Those that don’t usually don’t final lengthy within the league.
Conveying what Meyer desires when it comes to tradition? Operating again Carlos Hyde, left guard Andrew Norwell, defensive finish Lerentee McCray, and tight finish Luke Farrell additionally performed for Meyer. They know what he desires. So does assistant head coach Charlie Robust, who was the defensive coordinator on each of Meyer’s title groups at Florida, and head energy and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel, who spent three seasons at Ohio State with Meyer. The Jaguars don’t need to signal Tebow for that.
Being a superb locker room man? That falls beneath being an instance for youthful gamers. Tebow will likely be an incredible locker room presence, however so will quite a few different gamers. And the way a lot can he lead when he’s additionally making an attempt to be taught a brand new place? There’s just one participant on the roster who was taking part in within the league the final time Tebow performed in a regular-season sport: Jones, who was a rookie with Cincinnati in 2012.
Backside line is that this appears to be Meyer doing a favor for one in every of his favourite former gamers, as a result of there are a number of obtainable free-agent tight ends who can be a greater choice for a workforce trying to discover a pass-catcher, together with Burton, Richard Rodgers and Tyler Eifert, who caught 36 passes for the Jaguars final season.