Tim Tebow gets praise and support from All-Pro TE Travis Kelce

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

Tight end was an area of need for the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this year, so what did they do? Sign Jonnu Smith or Hunter Henry in free agency? Nah. Trade for Zach Ertz or Hayden Hurst? They would have to part ways with a valuable draft pick. How about reuniting with veteran Tyler Eifert? He may cost too much. They chose option ‘D’ and signed Tim Tebow, who has never before played the position.

The 2010 first-round pick faces an uphill battle to make the Jaguars roster. After all, he’s trying to make a comeback at the ripe age of 33 after last playing in a regular-season game in 2012. Moreover, he’s making trying to make the transition from quarterback to tight end, which is no walk in the park. To his credit, he’s working hard and putting his head down. It also helps that he has head coach Urban Meyer in his corner. Also, he has a supporter in All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.

The six-time Pro Bowl nod recently had a sitdown with Mackenzie Salmon of USA Today. He talked about the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl loss, and his tight end summit but more importantly, he shared his thought about Tebow. He says that he’s excited about the Jaguars’ newest tight end and adds that he’s going to “put his face in the fan and be physical”. Kelce points out that the former Gator showed throughout college and early in his NFL career that he’s a business type of guy.

"You’re getting Tim Tebow and everything that he, he embodies and I’m excited to see what all they end up doing over there in Jacksonville for him."

Travis Kelce believes Tim Tebow can thrive in Jacksonville.

Salmon later asked Kelce what his biggest piece of advice would be? The 2013 third-round pick said, “you have to be creative with all the different types of coverage that you’re going to get hit with in the pros”. Tebow will “have to be able to understand defenses” and be creative, so he can get open. Kelce believes the Florida product will be good at run blocking because he’s a physical player but notes that he will need to get creative with his route running.

Keep in mind that Tebow may not have a traditional tight-end role. As Skip Bayless suggested on Undisputed, he could play H-back on the Jaguars’ offense and catch a few screens and bubble passes. Bayless also thinks Tebow could carve a niche as a short-yardage and red-zone specialist, the Jags’ designated scoring machine.

Not everyone in Jacksonville was on board with bringing Tim Tebow aboard. Nevertheless, the 25th overall pick in 2010’s draft is doing everything he can to show that he can be an asset and is a good bet to make the roster. It’s unrealistic to expect him to haul in 50 receptions in 2021 but if he can make a few plays and move the chains every now and then, he will prove Meyer made the right decision when this Jacksonville team sign him. The fact the best tight end in the NFL supports him speaks highly of him.

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