Ben Volin of the Boston Globe said the quarterback isn’t fighting for a roster spot due to his usefulness, locker-room presence and the Patriots’ rationale for signing him.
If the Patriots were interested only in having a “camp arm” as their third quarterback, they couldn’t have made a worse choice than Tebow, whose biggest weakness is his pocket passing. Tebow struggles in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, missing badly on throws and rarely getting the timing of the offense down right.
If that’s the case, then the polarizing quarterback may have finally landed in an ideal situation after having a tumultuous NFL journey to this point.
Evolution is an undeniable process in the world. The NFL is not immune to its effects.
With the quarterback position rapidly revolving around him to a dual-threat philosophy, Bill Belichick will look to incorporate a player with Tebow’s tangibles into his ever-changing offensive game plan.
Always looking for a leg-up on his adversaries, the shrewd head coach is known to take others’ ideas and simply evolve them to his benefit. It’s possible the evil genius is plotting something as we speak that no one could have predicted.
Will Tebow supplant Tom Brady behind center by taking meaningful snaps away from the future Hall of Famer? Not exactly.
But it’s hard to deny the possibility that Tebow, reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, will play a significantly greater role with the team this season.
And he’s been working with the quarterbacks 99 percent of the time during training camp, according to Volin.
While all signs point to Tebow sticking around as a quarterback in New England, there is no doubt that his versatility on the football field will lead to him making some kind of impact.
Volin said Belichick labeled the quarterback’s work ethic as “great.” Someone with that type of drive, coupled with immense athletic ability, is a person who simply can’t be beaten despite any fundamental shortcomings. Tebow has proven he can find a way to be effective for his teams—well, except for in New Jersey, but that’s a different story.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a player who will give as much of himself as Tebow will on the football field. That determination coupled with his versatility will ensure the left-handed signal-caller sees the field in some important capacity in 2013.
Will Tim Tebow be on the Patriots roster in 2013?
Need someone to take a fake handoff out of a punt formation? Tebow’s your guy.
Need a short-yardage decoy near the goal-line to help get into the end zone? He can do that too.
Need a quarterback to emulate Robert Griffin III before a midseason matchup? Sign him up; he’ll give the defense as close to a replication of the dynamic quarterback as possible.
Tebow’s contributions won’t always explode on the stat sheet. Be certain, though, he’ll make an impact; both on the team’s preparations on the practice field, in the locker room and in any way Belichick and his staff ask him to.
Mike Hoag is an NFL analyst and Bleacher Report news writer. Follow him on Twitter: