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Tim Tebow's NFL Career Is Done After Preseason Struggles

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the New York Giants in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 17, 2016

It was an ugly preseason for Tim Tebow, and now that he's been cut by the New England Patriots, his NFL career is likely over.

The Tim Tebow saga has gone on for so long now that almost everyone has voiced their own opinion supporting or criticizing him as a player. Many fans are tired of all of the talk. For those fans, they will likely be relieved now that Tebow has been cut from the Patriots.

It was inevitable, really. He did not have a good preseason. Even looking past the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—when he finished 1-of-7 for minus-one yards with an interception to bootit was just an ugly preseason overall for the former Heisman winner. He constantly missed throws and hesitated when he saw open receivers.

Even in his best game against the New York Giants, Tebow was only able to complete 54.5 percent of his passes. What's worse, he held onto the ball too long and was hit numerous times.  

Simply put, he is not an NFL quarterback. That's not to say he's not a good runner, which he is. He ran for 91 yards and averaged 5.7 yards per carry in the preseason. Still, things are different when you're playing quarterback, and that's the only position that Tebow wants to play.

After being released, Tebow's career as an NFL quarterback looks bleak. However, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Tebow received an inquiry from an NFL team about changing his position. While there's a small chance that it could keep his NFL career alive, he apparently is not interested in being anything other than a quarterback.

A recent report from Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith revealed that Tebow doesn't want to switch positions and that he's still determined to be an NFL quarterback:

As Peter King reported on NBC on Thursday night, when Tebow says he wants to continue trying to be an NFL quarterback, he’s emphasizing both “NFL” and “quarterback.” Tebow has said he’s not interested in playing in the Canadian Football League, nor is he interested in being on an NFL roster if it’s at a position other than quarterback.

Anyone who was considering Tebow as a potential backup quarterback could have taken one look at him in the preseason and understood that he isn't developing as a passer. If anything, he actually looked worse in the preseason than he did when he was the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

Even with the emergence of the read-option last year, teams are still looking for a quarterback who can make plays in the pocket. Tebow has shown that he struggles to do that. He can make plays with his legs, but other quarterbacks are proving that they can run and play in the pocket, including Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.

Tebowmania has officially run its course. The media may still talk about him from time to time, but the chances of him finding a home on another NFL team are slim. It looks like his time in the NFL is finally over.

 

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