Tim Tebow isn’t exactly having the season that many pundits predicted he would when the New York Jets acquired the quarterback this past summer. However, the franchise isn’t exactly having much success, either. Furthermore, there could be some major shakeups happening around the Meadowlands when Gang Green returns from their bye in Week 10.
As Mark Sanchez’s backup, Tebow has struggled to compile anything more than a few meager stats that don’t do anything to help owners in all but the deepest fantasy leagues.
In eight games of action, the former Florida star has completed two of three passes for 32 yards and rushed 23 times for 78 yards. He’s yet to score or make a major impact in a contest for his three-win team.
Head coach Rex Ryan is surely desperately looking for any way to salvage this miserable campaign, in which both top WR Santonio Holmes and CB Darrelle Revis have suffered season-ending injuries.
Turning to Tebow seems to be a sensible option.
For now, Ryan maintains that Sanchez will remain the starter (via Sports Illustrated): “I think Mark's our guy. I don't think there's any doubt about that. I'm confident in Mark." However, it’s highly doubtful those words carry much weight. The Jets direly need some wins and it’s clear that Sanchez isn’t the man that is going to get them.
Should the former USC product struggle in Week 10—even for a half—in a tough road game vs. the Seattle Seahawks, there’s a strong chance that Tebow will enter the game. The former Denver Bronco has shown time and time again that he’s got the chops to pull out incredible wins when the pressure is on.
While he may not put up the best stats as a starting QB, Tebow gets things done and does enough to help his team win, especially with his unique rushing skills and uncanny abilities in the fourth quarter.
If the 25-year-old earns the starting job in Week 10, expect him to hold on for the remainder of the season while turning Gang Green into one of the most exciting—and polarizing—squads in the NFL.
Regardless, fantasy owners simply want to know if Tebow is a worthwhile pickup, especially in advance of him actually getting the nod over Sanchez.
We’re going to go out on a limb and say yes, even if we can’t say for certain when Tebow will become a starter or if he'll even get the gig at all.
We are going to predict that Sanchez will be replaced by halftime in Week 10 and that Tebow will finish the season with some solid numbers—especially when looking at the opponents that New York finishes the season against.
Assuming a Week 10 takeover, we have him down to complete 62 of 140 passes for 480 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Tebow should also be expected to finish the campaign with 90 rushes for 454 yards and five touchdowns.
Those are good stats, which is exactly what the Jets and Tebow need right now.
After last year’s performance with Denver, don’t be surprised to see these predictions come true.