Tim Tebow's Role on Offense Remains Unclear as New York Jets Weigh Options

John RozumCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2013

What will come of Tebow's 2013 campaign?
What will come of Tebow's 2013 campaign?Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Tebow's impact for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets is still up in the air.

On one hand, Tebow is expected to be on the roster when minicamps come around, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:

The other side of the coin, as reported by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, is Tebow's potential departure:

A league source indicated to ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday, however, that nothing has changed with regard to Tebow's status on the team. The Jets are holding out hope they can trade him and are in no rush to do so. They could stretch the process out to the draft, but failing a trade, the Jets will release him, the source said.

So, at this juncture, literally anything will happen.

Obviously Gang Green's quarterback situation is still in dire straits, because Mark Sanchez regressed quite a bit in 2012. Despite quarterbacking New York to two consecutive AFC title game appearances in 2009 and 2010, the Jets also featured a significantly better running game and defense.

When needing to rely on Sanchez more over the past two seasons, the Jets offense struggled with reliable consistency.

As for Tebow, it's difficult to forecast his expected impact with limited opportunities last season. Clearly his game is capable of making a difference, because the Denver Broncos in 2011 simply decided to give him an opportunity.

However, that offers no guarantees of leading the Jets either.

During the 2012 preseason, he sported a dismal 36.1 completion percentage and was sacked seven times with two interceptions (no touchdowns). Although it's only exhibition games, this production rightfully gives concern to any coach.

Ironically, Tebow did have a much better preseason the year prior when with the Broncos: 64.5 completion percentage and one touchdown to no picks. In short, Tebow proved a glimpse of his potential in 2011 but did not offer the Jets nearly as much in 2012.

As a result, it's no surprise New York brought in David Garrard earlier in March, per Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger.

Garrard is definitely the best option for the Jets under center, because his collective experience and production outweighs anything from Sanchez or Tebow. The downside is his age, 35, so time remains of the essence.

Should Tebow remain on the roster, though, a limited role will not be surprising.

He still must develop more fluid mechanics and reading pre-snap, as well as surveying the coverage from inside the pocket. And the more he improves as a passer will only amplify the impact of his athleticism outside the pocket.

Now there is plenty of time for this to occur; however, Tebow's opportunities still remain in control of the Jets.