Tim Tebow Must Have Strong Showing Against Giants to Warrant Spot on Patriots

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09:  Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots passes the ball in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 9, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow has one more game to prove something that he hasn't all preseason—he can be an NFL quarterback.

When the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants Thursday night, Tebow needs to have a very good performance. Otherwise, there's a great chance he'll be out of a job.

His move to the Patriots was a bit of a surprise, but in hindsight, it made a lot of sense. Tom Brady is the unquestioned starter, so there wasn't going to be any drama surrounding whether or not Tebow would start. Bill Belichick has also done well in the past taking guys with a lot of baggage—such as Bryan Cox, Randy Moss and Rodney Harrison—and getting a lot of production out of them without much headache.

If any franchise could handle Tebowmania and figure out a way to utilize him to success, it would be the Patriots.

However, nobody—even his harshest critics—could have considered how poor Tebow would be in the preseason. He wasn't cut Monday (h/t The Associated Press via USA Today), so it would appear he's got one more week to demonstrate his worth.

With the way he's performed, it's hard to see that he's worth keeping on the team. 

It was entertaining to see the state-by-state breakdown on ESPN's poll about whether or not Tebow should remain on New England's roster (h/t Bomani Jones).

Through the first three games of the preseason, the 26-year-old has completed only 5 of 19 passes for 54 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He has managed to run for 61 yards on 10 carries.

Those passing numbers are horrid, though. Although, to be fair, he could have thrown for 300 yards against the Detroit Lions, but he didn't even get a snap during that game.

The argument could be made that this is just preseason, and it's unfair to judge players too harshly. The games don't mean anything, and most guys are just going through the motions. Also, how fair is it to judge a player off of just one game?

However, Tebow should have some urgency in the game against the Giants, if he gets some major playing time, as he should have had all preseason. The Patriots don't need Tebow. He's not a high draft pick, and this isn't his rookie season.

New England has nothing really invested in this. Cutting him before the season starts is not going to be a tough decision if Tebow disappoints in another preseason game.

He and his supporters can't keep hanging their hats on that playoff run with the Denver Broncos. Sure, Denver made the playoffs and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round. Mark Sanchez made two straight AFC Championship Games, but he's got few supporters at the moment.

The NFL is very much a "what have you done for me lately?" league, and Tebow has done nothing of late. For his career, he has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes and has a QB rating of 75.3, not to mention how far the former Heisman Trophy winner has fallen since that 45-10 loss to the Patriots in the 2011 playoffs (h/t Albert Breer of NFL.com).

His stint with the Jets was a disaster. This preseason was an opportunity for Tebow to show that he has taken the necessary steps in his development to become a reliable NFL QB or, at the very least, a good backup. In his two appearances so far, he hasn't done that. The fact that Belichick didn't even put him in for the Patriots' third game is a bit damning as well.

The fact of the matter is, Tebow just isn't a good quarterback, and his preseason has illustrated that. Unless he has a great performance against the Giants, perhaps he should look elsewhere if he wants to continue his football career.