The Broncos entered Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with only three active wide receivers due to injuries to Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (groin) and 2010 first-round pick Demaryius Thomas (Achilles).
When Eddie Royal went down with a pulled groin, it left a hole on the wide receiver depth chart. Tebow asked to run wide receiver for the practice squad week leading up to Sunday’s game so that he wasn't just standing around in practice.
I guess John Fox liked what he saw.
Tebow was put into the game as the slot wide receiver in Royal’s absence. Although he was never thrown to, Tebow did make some nice blocks on the edge and was giving his “Tebow-esque” 110-percent effort on every play.
If the Broncos are not going to play Tebow at the quarterback position any time soon, then they need to use his abilities and attributes in other positions on the field.
Here are five reasons why Tim Tebow needs to be on the field.
He can add a very exciting option to Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s game plan.
One of Tebow’s many positives to his style of play is that he is very good at making something out of nothing; he is very resourceful.
Put him in a Wildcat (or as they refer to it in Denver, wild horses) formation and let him run a hybrid spread-option offense. Or flank him out as a wide receiver and motion him into an Orton-to-Tebow flea flicker play.
These are just a couple of examples of how you can use Tebow, but the possibilities are endless.
With having Tebow in multiple formations and positions, defenses will not able to key on what exactly will be coming.
It’s going to be a unique feature to the Broncos that other teams will need to game plan and prepare for. This will keep defenses on their heels and open up opportunities for the Broncos offense.
The so-called “experts” have overanalyzed and argued about Tim Tebow’s throwing motion, pass accuracy and his overall future as a player in the NFL.
The one thing no one argues about is the man’s work ethic and undying desire to succeed on the football field. This intangible, so prominent in him, is immensely contagious and vital to momentum within a game.
Getting him on the field, you know he will give everything he has between the whistles and be a moral pillar within the huddle.
If the Broncos organization is serious about allowing Tim Tebow time to progress into their starting franchise quarterback, why not give him time on the field in other positions to become familiar with the speed of an actual NFL game?
True, he will not be getting the reps as the starting quarterback, but he can learn more by being involved with the game plan rather than holding a clipboard on the sideline.
He can gain experience in the quick decision-making process that will be key in his development of becoming a starting quarterback.
Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback gives the Broncos the best chance to win football games. It’s going to take time for Tim Tebow to prove he is ready to take that next step in his career.
But it is in the best interest of the Broncos to keep the fans happy and not doubting the team.
However, John Elway and Broncos GM Brian Xanders know they can’t make franchise decisions based on what the fans want.
Putting Tebow in the game in special circumstances or creating a personnel package where you can utilize his strengths in other positions on the field is a low risk, high reward scenario.
At least the fans can cheer Tebow on as the fourth or fifth wide receiver, fullback or tight end until the day comes that he takes the starting quarterback job in Denver.
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