Tim Tebow left first good impression on Jaguars coaching staff

Tim Tebow #85 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Tim Tebow #85 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

You may or may not like the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars are giving Tim Tebow the chance to make the team as a tight end but the college superstar is getting a legitimate shot. After the last playing in a regular NFL in 2012, the 2010 first-round pick is trying to attempt a comeback. Head coach Urban Meyer recently talked about the exchange that led the team to give him an opportunity and his odds of sticking around.

In an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Meyer recalls that Tebow asked him if he could have a couple of guys look at him and added he was in the best shape of his life. The head coach said that he needed to think it through but he caved and gave him a tryout. The Heisman Trophy winner worked out in front of general manager Trent Baalke, tight end coach Tyler Bowden and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The Jaguars’ coaching staff came impressed with Tebow’s workout, per NFL Media.

"Our GM was there, our tight end coach and our offensive coordinator were there, and they put him through a workout, and they came back to me and said, ‘My gosh, this guy’s in incredible shape. He’s a big athlete. Our tight end room has been struggling.’ … they gave him some things to work on, and then they brought him back, and they came to me and said I think we should give him a shot.’"

This is interesting because there was a report that not everybody was on board with the decision to sign Tebow. Nobody will argue Tebow is in great shape, he’s been showing off a muscular physique in organized team activities. However, what prompted the Jaguars to sign him other than Meyer’s endorsement? As Logan Thomas, who made the transition from quarterback to tight end pointed out, switching positions takes time, so it’s unlikely he will have a big impact right off the bat even if he makes the team.

What are the chances of Tim Tebow making the Jaguars roster?

Meyer said he’s unsure what is Tebow’s percentage of making the team and describes the situation as “uncharted waters”. On the other hand, he notes that “Tebow has been doing great and is currently learning the offense. Moreover, the former Ohio State coach says that he sees good camaraderie amongst Tebow and his teammates. This isn’t shocking as he has always been well-liked anywhere he goes.

Just like it was Meyer’s decision to give Tebow an opportunity, he will be the one deciding if he will earn a spot on the 53-man roster. As the head coach noted, the Jags are not particularly loaded at tight end. Chris Manhertz, James O’Shaughnessy, and Luke Farrell are pretty much a lock to make the team but none of them is a number-one tight end. This will increase Tebow’s chances of staying in Jacksonville.

In the end, Tim Tebow needs to bring something to the table. Whether it is as a traditional tight end, or a movable piece on offense, if he can help the Jaguars win games, he should be a welcome addition to the roster.

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