Tim Tebow: New York Jets' Backup QB Will Go Unnoticed in Week 7 vs. Patriots

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets runs from the field against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Get ready for another Tim Tebow-less weekend of NFL football.

The New York Jets will be at the New England Patriots in Week 7, and will without a doubt be riding the lukewarm hand of Mark Sanchez under center throughout. 

With the Jets' backup quarterback falling by the wayside, Sanchez completed more than 50 percent of his passes in Week 6, something he hadn't done since New York's season-opening win over Buffalo in early September.

Sanchez completed 11 of 18 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns last weekend, and essentially brought an end to the quarterback controversy. 

Well, for at least another week.

Therefore, don't expect to see much of Tim Tebow in Foxborough, unless of course it's on special teams. Tebow had just four rushes and one pass attempt last week against the Indianapolis Colts at home. He would finish the game with one completion and 30 total yards. 

If Rex Ryan and the Jets' coaching staff can't trust Tebow at home against the Peyton Manning-less Colts, when will they?

Last week, I foolishly predicted that Tebow would have his best rushing day of the season against Indianapolis. The combination of the Colts' suspect run defense and the Jets being 2-3 led me to believe that New York would be willing to give their investment at least seven or eight carries in attempt to spark some offensive momentum. 

I was wrong.

Refusing to make the same mistake twice, I anticipate that Tebow will go largely unnoticed again in Week 7. After all, why would the Jets start using him now? As long as Sanchez isn't fumbling the ball all over the place or throwing pick-sixes, it seems the Jets are dead set on having him run the offense. 

Tebow's lack of snaps wouldn't be so frustrating if Sanchez wasn't so pitiful on a regular basis. Say what you want about New York's decimated receiving corps, but Blaine Gabbert is completing a higher percentage of his passes this season.

Tim Tebow's success last season in Denver was partly a product of Kyle Orton's failure. If Sanchez continues to fail the Jets as a passer in 2012, its only a matter of time before Tebow gets his turn. 

For now, the Jets are .500, tied atop the AFC East and can say that Sanchez got them there.


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