The Jacksonville Jaguars are hours away from taking their quarterback of the future in the 2021 NFL Draft. Trevor Lawrence should solidify the position for the next decade if he can recreate the success he had at Clemson. However, the team could also add another quarterback that played at a high level in college.
Tim Tebow recently worked out for the Jags and is a tight end now, not a quarterback, per Ian Rapaport of NFL Media. A 2010 first-round pick by the Denver Broncos, Tebow last played quarterback in 2012 and even then, he only appeared in two games and went 6-of-8 for 39 yards.
Tebow enjoyed success as a quarterback in college, leading the Florida Gators to two BCS National Championship Games, and earning the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. Alas, he struggled to adapt to the NFL, mainly because of his slow throwing motion and played only three seasons, two with the Broncos and one with the New York Jets. He would later try out for the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles but didn’t make either roster.
After flopping in the NFL, Tebow opted to play minor league base. Again, he didn’t have much success and couldn’t make the leap to the major leagues. He could’ve continued his football career if he had changed positions but refused to do it.
How could Tim Tebow help the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Tebow has been able to stay relevant for several reasons, but his success at Florida is most likely the main one. Early in his NFL career, TebowMania took the league by the storm. Even though the quarterback had a hard time adjusting to the pros, he played well enough to help the Broncos make the playoffs in 2011 and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round.
Nevertheless, other NFL teams quickly figured Tebow out and John Elway, the Broncos general manager at the time, didn’t hesitate to get an upgrade at quarterback and traded for Peyton Manning, who led Denver to its third Super Bowl in team history in 2015.
Keep in mind Tebow might’ve gotten the try-out with the Jaguars because of his relationship with Urban Meyer, who was his head coach at Florida. Even if he made the team, it’s unlikely he would have a big impact after not playing for so long. You have to give him credit though, even though he didn’t pan out in the NFL and couldn’t make the leap to Major League Baseball, he has still found a way to stay relevant.
The Jags are about to draft Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in 2021’s draft, and it’s uncertain how Tebow could help this Jacksonville team. Then again, Meyer knows the former quarterback better than many, so he could find a role for him.