One of the extra curious developments of the NFL offseason got here when new Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer introduced in Tim Tebow, who’s trying to make a place swap from quarterback to tight finish amid a prolonged layoff and an arguably unlikely profession resurrection.
While most NFL consultants, analysts and pundits — amongst others — peg Tebow’s odds of cracking the Jags’ roster as slim to none at finest, the actual fact he even has the chance has created an abundance of comprehensible skepticism.
Tebow nonetheless was in attendance at Jaguars OTAs this week, and the phrase is that regardless of his larger-than-life persona, the polarizing athlete is taking a “low-key” strategy. What’s extra, opposite to the final consensus, Meyer is treating Tebow like another participant.
“Say what you want about Meyer and his experiment, but he has extended no special privileges to Tebow, the former first-round pick, from observations derived during practices that have been open to the media,” John Reid of the Florida Times-Union writes.
Tebow is outwardly getting restricted reps in OTAs as a result of presence of fellow tight ends Chris Manhertz, James O’Shaughnessy, rookie Luke Farrell, Ben Ellefson and Tyler Davis. That in and of itself jibes with what Reid noticed.
While his alternatives are scarce, Tebow has been taking advantage of them at instances. He reportedly confirmed some ability in pass-catching drills and impressed with two-short yardage touchdowns during an open May 27 follow.
All that being stated, even Meyer just lately admitted that Tebow faces an uphill climb to crack the Jaguars’ 53-man roster.
“What’s the percentage of making the team? We don’t know. This is uncharted waters,” Meyer stated on “The Rich Eisen Show” final week. “This is going to be very difficult, but he’s been doing great. He’s been doing great in practice. He’s learning the offense.”
Speaking from Jaguars OTAs this week, Meyer once more praised Tebow for displaying a optimistic angle and willingness to study.
“Oh, Tim has done a decent job. We all know this is a new position for him. He’s a great teammate. In the locker room, I can see everybody getting along, we have good chemistry on our team,” Meyer stated, by way of the New York Post. “But he’s picked it up decently.”
In January, Tebow insisted there was no likelihood of giving up on his equally long-shot MLB desires as a New York Mets farmhand, however clearly he reevaluated the state of affairs and determined to make one other go at an NFL profession after being out of the league since 2015 and never seeing the sector in a regular-season sport since 2012.
Making a go at one thing and truly succeeding within the endeavor are two various things. Tebow presumably is effectively conscious of that incontrovertible fact, as is Meyer.