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Quarterback Tim Tebow completed four of his 12 attempts for 55 yards against the Eagles. He followed that with an extremely poor showing against the Buccaneers, completing only one of seven passes for a total of minus-1 yard. He also threw a high ball which was intercepted.
He didn't play against the Lions.
How does Tebow fit with the Patriots? There are plenty of opinions to go around.
ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss offered his thoughts on how Tebow could best serve as the team's third slinger:
[Top three ways he could help]: Scout-team QB to run the option; Good locker-room presence; Third layer of insurance if something happens to Brady or Mallett (if Brady was ever injured, I could envision Tebow taking some snaps in an option-based attack). Is that enough to earn a roster spot? I don't have a great feel for how the coaching staff views it. After Friday night's performance vs. the Buccaneers, I can understand why some are wondering about Tebow's value. That was ugly.
Erik Scalavino, analyst for Patriots Football Weekly on Patriots.com, offered his thoughts on the situation:
I firmly believe the Patriots have other plans for Tebow besides quarterback, but I don't think they were going to show us what those plans were during training camp, when entire practice sessions are open to the media and public. They'll start doing that now, when the window to view practice is truncated and limited to media only, and they'll do it once the media is out of sight for the majority of practice. I have no idea if Tebow can catch a pass. I've never seen him do it, but I know he's a talented athlete, and I'd love to see Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator, unleash Tebow in a unique way.
I agree with Reiss and Scalavino in the sense that I see value in Tebow as a multi-dimensional asset and I'd love to see Belichick and McDaniels take Tebow to another level by exploiting his athleticism.
Where I begin to veer away from Scalavino's theory, though, is in the notion that Belichick and McDaniels might be hiding their plans of how they plan to utilize Tebow. Last year, I heard too many analysts and Jets fans saying similar things about how Rex Ryan was "saving the good stuff" as a surprise. As we know, that surprise never came and it's debatable as to whether or not there was ever an actual plan in place.
The point is that Patriot Nation isn't in this for an Agatha Christie-type mystery. We're in this for a Super Bowl, so forget the mystery. I want to see what Tebow's got. If he can play running back, let me see it. If he can catch passes, let me see it.
Forget the surprise. Tell me how it ends so I know where Tebow stands with this ball club.
Or perhaps, by Tebow playing quarterback, we really are seeing it all. Maybe this is really how the Patriots intend to use him. If that's the case, then he's off to an extremely disappointing start.