The New York Jets have been reluctant to use Tim Tebow through the first six weeks of the season, but that all changes in Week 7 against the New England Patriots.
Tebow will be instrumental in any chance that Gang Green has to stun their bitter AFC East rival, and coach Rex Ryan will want him on the field as much as possible.
While Tebow is officially a backup quarterback, and fantasy owners have to play him at the position, there is a solid probability that the immensely popular player lines up all over the field.
Coach Ryan even admitted as much during his press conference on Thursday (via Jane McManus of ESPN):
“The thing about Tim, with him being a football player like we've always talked about, by playing quarterback he knows all the positions and so, can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end, whatever? I think the answer is yes."
While Ryan was understandably vague in talking about his exact plans for the former Denver Broncos star, it’s quite clear that he will be leaned on more often against New England than he has in the past.
Fantasy owners in need of a miracle should consider starting the signal-caller. There is a high likelihood that Tebow finally breaks out in a must-win game that will have a lasting impact on the race for the divisional crown.
Will Tebow find success against the Pats in Week 7?
If Tebow’s last year proved anything, it’s that he is the man to trust when the franchise has nowhere else to turn and needs to emerge with a victory. With the Jets and Pats gridlocked with the rest of the division (Miami and Buffalo) at 3-3, this is going to be one of the most important Sundays of the season.
Expect Tebow to get on the field early and often, playing multiple positions and finding success at each, with a small chance to finally supplant Mark Sanchez as the starting QB of the New York Jets.
Predicted Stats vs. Patriots: 3-of-6 passing, 42 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions. Seven carries for 45 yards. One reception for seven yards.