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After a week's worth of erratic practices, Tim Tebow was able to string together some consistently impressive days. On August 3, PFW's Andy Hart had these observations:
[Tebow] had his best practice of the summer. He ran primarily more traditional Patriots plays, rather than the Pistol and option work he took part in on Friday, although he did run at least one designed QB draw that likely would never be called with either Brady or Mallett under center. Though he still had a few ugly throws mixed throughout, Tebow had a number of nice completions down the field. He particularly succeeded in that area connecting with Quentin Sims. Tebow has a nice knack for throwing the ball to a spot on deep fades. He also had a nice completion down the right side throwing to a spot for Boyce, who ran past Justin Green for the reception.
On August 4, ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss had these over-arching observations:
We've already seen improvement on the practice field [from Tebow]. [He's] getting top-notch instruction (often times 1-on-1 with Brian Daboll) and the Patriots seem to be playing to his strengths. The final conclusion: If it doesn't work out for him here, it won’t be because of the [media] circus. It will strictly be about football. However you feel about Tebow, and he sure is a lightning rod, there is something refreshing about that.
From a personal standpoint, I'd love to see Tebow make this team. I believe he can be extremely valuable from both a physical and emotional standpoint, similar to Zach Sudfeld and defensive end Chandler Jones.
To this point, though, my biggest concern with Tebow is the occasional appearance that he's playing a passive role in his own development. This guy was basically trapped in a bottle last season with the Jets, he was confined in every way possible. Now, he's free. I want to see him breakout.
This opportunity is incredible for Tebow. Not only does he have a shot to revive his career, but he has a shot to become a Super Bowl champion this year. This is the stuff dreams are made of. The coaches can help guide him, but ultimately, a role on this team is his to sculpt.
I don't want to see Tebow get a spot, I want to see him emphatically take it. Snatch it. Make sure nobody else takes it away. I want to see the unrelenting aggression that initially defined him. With a resurgence of that aggression, he can prove that this team needs him in order to win. That's the goal here. He needs to prove they need him.
Now's the time to prove it.