The Jacksonville Jaguars are betting on former quarterback Tim Tebow to make the switch to tight end this offseason. Although the former Gator has a steep hill to climb, he’s been working hard and has put his head down. Also, he has the support of Jags head coach Urban Meyer, his teammates, and even AFC South rivals. In fact, All-Pro tight Travis Kelce is excited to see the 2010 first-round pick play this upcoming season, which makes his decision not to invite him to his tight end university puzzling at first sight.
Kelce, along with George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers and Greg Olsen, is holding a summit for tight ends in Nashville, Tennessee. Players such as Darren Waller and Noah Fant will be attending the clinic. The Jaguars’ delegation will be limited to Chris Manhertz, as Tebow won’t be attending the camp. Kittle and Olsen recently appeared on the Pardon My Take podcast and Kittle explained their decision not to invite the former Gator.
The 49er says it’s nothing against Tebow. He wishes the 25th overall pick in 2010’s draft nothing but the best and hopes he has a great season. However, he notes that it was hard for him to invite someone who is barely making the switch to tight end at the expense of someone who already has experience playing the position. Kittle says he wishes he “could make it so every NFL tight end can come” but they “wanted to pay for everything for all tight ends that come to kind of make it a special event”.
The two-time Pro Bowl nod says that they originally expected around 20 players but they already have 47 confirmed as of last week. He adds they weren’t expecting that kind of overwhelming response but hopes they can make the tight end university available to everyone next year. Kittle was then asked if he would invite Tebow in 2022 and he said yes, “if he’s on a roster this year, he plays tight end, we would love to have him, We would love to work with him”. Here’s the whole episode in case you want to listen to it.
Tim Tebow will do just fine even though he won’t attend the TE university.
Tebow would’ve benefited from attending the clinic but it isn’t as if he’s lost without it. He is getting great mentorship from Jaguars tight end coach Tyler Bowen and his teammates are surely helping him with the transition as well. Keep in mind that the two-time BCS National Champion may not play a pure tight end role in Jacksonville.
Commentator Skip Bayless believes Tebow could mainly see the field on red-zone and short-yardage situations. Moreover, he thinks the Heisman Trophy winner could be the Jaguars’ designated scoring machine.
Despite the fact that the Jags still need to find a number-one tight end, Tim Tebow could end up becoming a valuable contributor on offense. He still needs to make the 53-man roster, but it may be foolish to bet against him at this point.