Tim Tebow: What to Expect from Jets' Backup QB vs. Patriots

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIOctober 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan talks with Tim Tebow #15 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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Let's talk about a backup quarterback, shall we? Tim Tebow is a story even if he's not starting NFL games at the quarterback position, as we have learned this year. 

With the New York Jets traveling to New England to play the Patriots for first place bragging rights in the AFC East, here is what you can expect from the enigma that is Tim Tebow:  


Change of pace 

Tebow has been a pace changer above anything else. He has dabbled in some special teams work (what a joke), he has been targeted in the passing game (another joke) and he has mostly ran the football out of the shotgun formation. 

Tebow has only passed the ball three times this season and rushed the ball 13 times, according to ESPN's statistics. 

We shouldn't expect much from the backup quarterback, but we can expect an attempt to change the pace of the game.  

He'll receive a handful of chances Sunday when Mark Sanchez is on the sidelines, and he'll have to make them count to receive more playing time.  


One deep ball

I think this Sunday we will see something we haven't seen often—Tebow throwing a deep ball.

As we have seen against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and other times in his career, Tebow can throw the deep ball with accuracy.  

Sunday, against the No. 28 pass defense in the NFL, Tebow and the Jets would be wise to give him a chance to hit a streak. 

We have grown accustomed to him simply running the ball from shotgun. Be ready for Tebow to let one fly, maybe even early to set the tone and pace of the game. Maybe a connection would jump start the Jets in Sunday's game.

We won't know until they try. Will they? They should, at least once. 


A lot of watching from the sideline

Mark Sanchez should, and I mean should, have a decent day throwing the football against one of the worst pass defenses in the league, right? Something tells me that he won't have a great day despite the fact that New England is No. 28 against the pass, but that won't change the fact that Tebow will be watching from the sidelines. 

Watching Sanchez struggle or find success will be something Tebow does often Sunday against the Patriots. Should he get more playing time? Should the Jets officially go with two QBs? 

Not yet, but maybe soon, and I'm talking about the former. Give Sanchez another week or so to see if he can get things done while his team is still hovering around .500 and first place in the AFC East.

Until the Jets are two games back, Tebow shouldn't be named the starter.