Tim Tebow: What to Expect from New York Jets Backup QB Sunday Night
When New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow takes the field against the Carolina Panthers Sunday night, it will be the last time the fans will see the enigmatic star before the team’s regular-season opener.
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Enjoy the preseason majesty of the backup sensation while you can!
The Jets are expected to play both starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and Tebow for the entirety of their third preseason game, which means plenty of chances for the backup to prove his worth and shine on such a big stage.
If Tebow plays like a star and Sanchez fails, prepare for the quarterback anarchy in New York.
What Football Fans Should Expect
While there have been many things said about Tebow over the last few months, two things have remained perfectly clear; the man wins games and he is not an elite passing quarterback in the NFL.
We all can agree on those points.
What the Jets have done is built a system of plays and schemes around the star's running abilities and will not force him to depend on his arm. With Mark Sanchez taking the plays meant for an elite passer, Tebow will run an option offense like we saw in Denver last year.
What most NFL fans will be watching is how the styles of Sanchez and Tebow not only mesh together in the offensive system, but how each meshes with the receivers and backs.
This New York experiment has a chance to explode, and fans want to see it.
What New York Jets Fans Should Expect
There is a belief amongst some in the Jets football committee that Tim Tebow will be the starting quarterback for New York soon into the season just like he did when taking over for Kyle Orton in Denver.
As soon as Sanchez starts to play terribly, the calls for Tebow will begin.
What Jets fans want to see is how well the offensive line in front of both quarterbacks will play Sunday night. Tebow is a great option QB, but he needs great blocking to be at his most effective.
With Santonio Holmes also likely to get a start in Week 3, the relationship Tebow builds with Holmes will be very important. Despite winning games with fewer than 10 completions, Tebow must find a rapport with his receivers.
What Fantasy Football Fans Should Expect
All fantasy players want to see results, so to remain a late-round option for many hardcore fantasy football addicts, Tebow must find the end zone Sunday night.
The quarterback controversy always deters many fantasy players from taking a star, but the more Tebow plays well, the easier it will be to take a late-round risk on a backup as capable of taking a game over with his legs.
As for his stat line against the Panthers, look for five completions for 45 yards and another 40 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Tebow will not win the starting job, but his solid performance will keep the water muddied.
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