Tim Tebow is a football player.
His athleticism, strength, size and speed give him the ability to make a positive impact on the field at multiple positions—something the New York Jets tried to utilize but failed miserably at in 2012.
The New England Patriots aren't the Jets.
Bill Belichick and his staff have long been known for getting the most out of players other teams had no use for, and for making situations that seemed impossible work. I'll never forget Troy Brown lining up on defense throughout the playoffs during the team's Super Bowl run in 2004.
Many wondered what Belichick's plan for Tebow would be this year before training camp opened up.
Would he practice solely with the quarterbacks or would he be utilized like a Swiss-Army knife?
After one day of camp, we at least know Belichick is keeping his options open. Tebow lined up with running backs and receivers, catching passes, as noted by Albert Breer of NFL Network:
On a side note, and of particular interest to me, is the fact that Tebow looks noticeably trimmed down this summer compared to last year, when he showed up looking more like an inside linebacker than a quarterback.
It's just another indication that his stay in New England is going to be different than what he experienced last year playing for the Jets—the NFL's poster child for dysfunction.
The Patriots are short on talent at the tight end position this year.
Rob Gronkowski isn't likely to be available when the season opens up, as he is still recovering from surgeries on his back and arm. There is no time table on Gronk's return, as noted by Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com, and he could potentially miss the first six games of the season.
This leaves the door wide open for Tebow to do what many have thought he could do in the NFL for a while now and make a name for himself as a tight end.
He possesses the size, athleticism and speed to make plays in the middle of the field. And as we've seen throughout his college and professional career, once he has the ball in his hands, Tebow knows what to do with it.
Even if he doesn't regularly line up at tight end, the former Heisman winner could potentially line up as an H-back or fullback on occasion.
He's a big, physical football player who appears to be willing to do whatever it takes to contribute in a meaningful way to his team.
The Patriots need Tebow's diverse skill set these days, and nobody should be surprised when he ends up making the team's final 53-man roster later this summer.
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