What kind of niche can tight end Tim Tebow can carve for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Have you ever heard that not having news is good news? This isn’t always true but that adage currently applies to Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tim Tebow. The former Gator has a penchant for getting the spotlight anywhere he goes. That was certainly the case when head coach Urban Meyer offered him the chance to join the Jags. However, the noise has slowly faded and he’s not getting as much attention as when he first landed in Jacksonville. In fact, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says Tebow is “blending in “.
Florio said that the local interest for the 2010 first-round pick has faded and points out that the media hadn’t recently asked questions about Tebow recently. That was true up until Jaguars linebackers coach Charlie Strong was asked what he thought of the tight end (formerly a quarterback). Strong said Tebow has done a very good job of just handling himself and adds that players have done an unbelievable job of just taking him in.
This doesn’t come as a surprise as the Florida product has always worked hard everywhere he’s gone. He is in great shape and he doesn’t look out of place even though he’s 33. Nobody will question Tebow’s work ethic or the fact he’s doing everything he’s asked to do. Also, his relationship with Meyer might help him make the 53-man roster. Nevertheless, there are other questions left, how is the transition going? How can he contribute on the football field?
Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discussed Tim Tebow’s potential role.
Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe recently weighed in on Tebow. Sharpe believes the 25th overall pick in 2010’s draft will earn a roster spot because of the things Meyer says about him, ‘He’s a great teammate, he’s in great shape, he’s great in the locker room, guys get along with him”. On the other hand, he wonders if he can play because if he can’t there’s no use for him. He points out that getting along with someone isn’t a prerequisite to play in the NFL. Instead, you must show you can play.
"I know he’s a boy scout. I know he can be a pastor, I get all of those things. Can he play football? Tell me something about what he did on the practice field that impressed you, not what he’s like in the locker room."
Bayless argues Tebow can contribute albeit not in a traditional tight-end role. He calls him a designated scoring machine or a first down machine because he might be only used in short-yardage situations and the goal line as an H-back type He thinks Meyer is trying to get him comfortable catching the ball in case they need him catching a swing or a screen pass. Bayless sees him being involved in three or four plays per game.
"Maybe it’s a crucial third-and-2 in which you’ve set him up in the backfield is some H-back in there in the shotgun, and all of a sudden, he bolts into the flat, and Trevor Lawrence just dumps it to him… and if you get 250 pounds of Tim Tebow at full speed, I think he can run 4.6ish and he’s a pretty good runner of the football. He’s got a little make you miss but he’ll just put his head down and run through you."
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It all comes to Tim Tebow being able to contribute on the field.
So far, Tebow has put his head down and has worked on making the switch to tight end. It’s too early to tell how his transition is going and what kind of impact he will have on the field. The coaching staff can’t have an accurate assessment of any players as practices aren’t at full speed and contact isn’t allowed at this point of the offseason.
If the two-time BCS National Champion can help the way Bayless believes, the Jaguars will have a fine offensive weapon in 2021.