There's a reason for the fascination around Tim Tebow. It's not only a question of figuring out where he fits with the Patriots, but also a question of where he fits in this league and in this sport.
Answers have been tough to come by, as early reviews out of camp have been mixed.
PFW's Andy Hart pulled no punches with his firsthand observations on July 26:
Aside from his special teams work, Tebow had a terrible day throwing the football. He threw an interception that hit [safety] Nate Ebner between the ol' 4 and the 3. He had a number of other potential interceptions that were dropped. He had slow reads and had to pull the ball down to run on other occasions. He also had one ball toward the flat that wobbled so terribly it didn't make it halfway to the intended receiver.
Conversely, ESPN Boston's Field Yates made these observations on July 30:
Tebow had his best day of work in training camp, showing steady improvement from recent performances. He showed good arm strength and accuracy on throws down the field, and looks to be more decisive with each live rep. In addition, the team walked through some read option work early in practice, something Tebow's movement skills can be used in.
In another round of contrasting reviews, PFW's Paul Perillo offered these observations on August 1:
Tebow again was a bit erratic throwing the football but he did have more positive moments on Thursday that he’s had in most of the practices. Once again under the watchful eye of Brian Daboll, Tebow delivered some strong throws in traffic, hitting Brandon Ford down the seam for a big play and later finding Quentin Sims in the corner of the end zone on a deep ball. He also had his share of misfires and continues to scramble recklessly before throwing at times, especially at the end of practice during the "opportunity reps."
One minute, Tebow's stock is up, the next, it's down. This much is true: If Tebow wants a place on this team, he can't wait for someone to show him where the place is. He needs to find it himself and take it.