Ever since Tim Tebow signed with the New England Patriots this summer, we at GTBets.eu have been having some fun with prop bets. From time to time, we’ve been running lines on what kind of numbers he’ll put up this season. But if his preseason debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is any indication, Tebow might have trouble even making the 53-man roster.
With Tom Brady sitting out due to a tweaked knee and No. 2 quarterback Ryan Mallet leaving early with a head injury, Tebow got quite a bit of playing time. Unfortunately, he didn’t make good use of the increased time after completing just 1-of-7 pass attempts for -1 yard, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The stats may not even do Tebow’s miserable performance justice since he looked awful on the field. The Patriots’ current No. 3 quarterback threw an ugly ball over the head of intended receiver Kenbrell Thompkins which was picked off. He also had a couple of other passes that were close to being intercepted.
If there were any positives to Tebow’s first preseason outing, it was the fact that he ran four times for 31 yards. However, from a pocket passer standpoint, he certainly has some improvement ahead of him.
Despite how badly he threw the ball, the Florida product remained optimistic about how he’s developing. “I feel like I’m improving every day and you know, growing and learning, and learning the offense,” Tebow said. “That’s what it’s about – every day trying to get a little better.” Head coach Bill Belichick also backed up this assertion. When asked if his third-string QB was improving, Belichick said “Absolutely.”
So does any of this add up to Tim Tebow brushing off his terrible statline against the Buccaneers and landing a spot on the Patriots? Odds are that yes, he will make the cut before the roster is finalized in a couple of weeks.
A big reason why is due to the fact that New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has been in love with Tebow since his days as the Denver Broncos’ head coach. McDaniels made the highly-controversial decision to take Tebow with the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Sadly, he wasn’t around to see his first round pick shine because he was fired after starting the 2010 season with a 3-9 record.
The Broncos were forced to turn to Tebow in 2011, after Kyle Orton led the team to a dismal 1-4 start. The result was an 8-3 regular season finish that saw No. 15 throw for 1,729 yards, 12 TD’s, 6 INT’s, and rush for 660 yards and 6 TD’s. The Broncos also won a Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, before having their season ended by New England in the Divisional round.
As can be seen, Tim Tebow does have experience winning games, though it’s not always the prettiest thing to watch. And this will definitely earn him some points when New England is making their final cuts. Plus, if Brady and Mallet were unable to play for some reason, it’s likely that Belichick would tailor the Patriots’ offense around Tebow, much like Denver did.
Of course, this is all assuming that Tebow shows enough in the final two preseason games to prove that he can play QB at this level. The Tampa Bay game certainly wasn’t good, but he still has some chances left.