The New England Patriots’ signing of enigmatic backup quarterback Tim Tebow was an educated risk, but the talented athlete’s versatility on the football field will help make the already dangerous offensive unit even more impressive.
While Tebow was signed as a quarterback, the versatility to run with the ball out of the backfield and line up almost anywhere will give head coach Bill Belichick the option to use the backup in the least-expected moments.
Add in Tebow’s previous relationship with former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels—the Patriots’ current offensive coordinator drafted the Florida alumnus 25th overall—and there is little doubt that the franchise will find the right way to utilize the QB’s talents.
While many fans had hoped Tebow would eventually make the transition to tight end, recent comments from former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer to Guy Cipriano of the News Herald are telling about the chances of that move coming to fruition:
I don’t doubt Tim can do anything. If you are asking me, that’s all speculation. He’s a good athlete, incredible competitor. To play NFL tight end now. ... There’s only a few of them that can do that.
Tebow is not athletic enough to blossom into an elite tight end in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean the Patriots won’t use him in different offensive sets that would call for him to catch the ball out of the backfield.
While the polarizing player’s accuracy and pocket presence as a QB leave a lot to be desired, his toughness, mental aptitude and willingness to work hard will give Belichick the confidence to draw up schemes that will help him thrive.
Teams will be focusing their defensive game plans on a pocket-passer like Tom Brady, but in a 2nd-and-short situation, for example, substituting Tebow into the game as the option quarterback could result in huge plays for New England.
At the very least, seeing Tebow take a snap instead of Brady would cause opposing teams to call unnecessary timeouts to adjust to the completely different offense.
With so many roles Tebow can fill in Belichick’s unpredictable game plan, the already dangerous New England offense will only add another dimension for teams to contend with.