Tim Tebow Receives Public Support from Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2013

NFL rosters were cut to 75 players on Tuesday, but New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow still has a ways to go to be among the final 53 who will suit up to begin the regular season.

The good news is that Patriots owner Robert Kraft has publicly voiced his support for the polarizing signal-caller, despite Tebow's inconsistency as a passer in his brief time in Foxboro.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald documented Kraft's comments before the Patriots Premiere at Gillette Stadium. Kraft noted the special type of person he believes Tebow is and how he's pulling for him to remain in Foxboro. But Kraft made it clear that he will leave the decision up to head coach Bill Belichick:

Anyone who’s met [Tebow], he’s a very special young man. I’m rooting for him big-time. He’s been a real joy to have around here. I see why he has such a strong national following. He’s just a great, great young man. We’re also privileged to have Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett. I like our position. If you look around the league . . . I just give thanks for the position we’re in.

I’m rooting for him. I’m in his corner. I have the privilege of letting Bill make that decision. He’s got a pretty good record doing that.

Having Kraft as such a strong supporter definitely bodes well for Tebow's chances, but as much as the Patriots have valued humble hard workers and great intangibles, Belichick isn't exactly the type for sentimentalism.

In order to make the last cut, which occurs on Saturday, Aug. 31, Tebow needs to show something in the preseason finale on Thursday at home against the New York Giants.

After completing just five out of 19 passes for 54 yards and an interception in two previous appearances, the former first-round pick did not take a single snap in last week's third preseason game.

Thus, the Giants game figures to be Tebow's best chance to showcase what he can do. Tebow does have 61 rushing yards on 10 carries thus far, but the criticism of his inaccuracy as a passer will only persist with another underwhelming effort in that facet of the game.

In learning under Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator who drafted him with the Denver Broncos, as well as the legendary Tom Brady, it's hard to fathom a better situation for Tebow.

Unless he elevates his level of play, though, even the most ringing endorsement from Kraft won't be enough to save Tebow from the release that may ultimately end his NFL career.

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