Tim Tebow Outshines the Stars in Week One, Solidifying Backup Role

Jason DanielCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 05:  Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Bronocs tosses the ball as he takes part in practice during training camp at Dove Valley on August 5, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After Tim Tebow made his NFL preseason debut at Cincinnati, there were a lot of mixed reviews concerning his style of play. After learning that he may have injured himself on that final touchdown run of the game, the Tebow critics got vocal.

We told you so. Welcome to the NFL. He can't play the same way he did in college. Other "we're jealous we didn't get Tebow and you did so I'm going to side with Kiper Jr." quotes.

Bottom line: Tim Tebow outperformed a lot of the NFL veterans his first week on the field...and I don't mean Tebow's first outing was better than Drew Brees' first outing, or Peyton Manning's first outing...he had a better week one, 2010.

Consider these week one numbers: 7-13 for 49 yards; 9-13 for 55 yards; 8-10 for 91 yards; 5-8 for 67 yards; 8-13 for 105 yards. Based upon these numbers, who had the best week? Who had the worst? Based upon these numbers alone, which would you prefer? In order, we have Jason Campbell, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Tim Tebow. Tebow ran for one TD, the others didn't run or throw for any.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Tebow is by any means at the level of these other quarterbacks (except perhaps Jason Campbell, lets get real Raider fans). My point is that Tebow had a great first game, weird throwing mechanics or not. He scored a TD, none of those other superstars did during their first week.

"He cant do what he did in college running the ball."

He did...and he will. Go watch that video and see who took the brunt of that hit...Tebow did. Who got up last? The safety he ran over en route to his first TD in a Bronco jersey. Yeah, he may be slightly injured, but if this wasn't the preseason he probably wouldn't have missed a game. Missing a preseason game in your developmental year when you're No. 3 on the depth chart is not news.

Ignoring the fact that he bruised his ribs scoring that touchdown, Tebow did everything I expected him to. He threw the ball well on the run, and he ran the ball well when the defense looked vulnerable.

For those of you saying he's not as big as the defenders in the NFL, I don't think you have a grasp of how big he is. Tebow haters tend to cite Ray Lewis during this argument, which makes me chuckle. Lewis is listed at 6'1" and 250 lbs. Tim Tebow is 6'3" and 245 lbs. We're talking about a five pound difference? I'm shaking in my Tim Tebow Gator Orange Nikes.

Tim Tebow's NFL debut was a complete success. If Tebow's first preseason game is any indication on how well he's going to do in the future, I'm excited to be a Broncos fan.

Lastly, the obsession with Tebow's progress has done nothing but blind the nation to Kyle Orton and his dominant preseason. Now that his ankles are healthy, I look for him to improve on last years numbers, which were already much improved from his days in Chicago.