Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 early practice squad candidates in 2021

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Tight end Tim Tebow #85 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /

Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad candidate No. 3 – Tim Tebow

If someone needed to make an impact in the Jaguars’ first preseason game was tight end Tim Tebow. But the 2010 first-round selection was a non-factor and finished the night without a stat. He was targeted once but Tavon Austin came down with the pass. This was always going to be a steep hill to climb for him and his performance against Cleveland didn’t help him much. Not everything is lost though, he still has time to show he deserves a roster spot but the clock is ticking.

After years away from football, Tebow signed with the Jaguars earlier this year. Surprisingly, he decided to make the transition to tight end after refusing to switch positions in the early 2010s. Nobody will argue he’s in great shape. Also, nobody will question his work ethic and his drive. Nevertheless, he just turned 34, and there may be other younger developmental prospects more deserving of a spot on the Jaguars’ roster.

Chris Manhertz is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL while veteran James O’Shaughnessy is arguably the best receiving tight end in Jacksonville. Luke Farrell has potential, and so does Ben Ellefson, who’s had a better training camp than Tebow.

If the Jags needed to select their best 53 players today, Tebow would probably not make the cut and would most likely be signed to the practice squad, where he could continue working in the transition to tight end. On the other hand, the team doesn’t have to make a decision right now and should continue evaluating the former Gator in their next two preseason games before making a decision.

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