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Tim Tebow Rumors: Some in NFL Believe Urban Meyer Will Use Him in 'Taysom Hill Role'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 27, 2021

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Tebow walks off the field after a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia. Tebow and coach Urban Meyer are together again, this time in the NFL and with Tebow playing a new position. The former Florida star and 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, May 20, 2021, and will attempt to revive his pro career as a tight end. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)
AP Photo/Michael Perez, File

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Tim Tebow as a tight end, but head coach Urban Meyer might use him all over the field in 2021.

As ESPN's Dianna Russini reported on Get Up, the expectation is he will be used like Taysom Hill was with the New Orleans Saints:

Get Up @GetUpESPN

.@diannaESPN says a lot of people around the league aren't buying that Tim Tebow will be used as a TE.<br><br>"There are those in the league who think Urban Meyer is bringing Tebow in to play QB at that Taysom Hill role. Using him in that wildcat as we've seen him use in the past." pic.twitter.com/XC7HfFwksz

Hill started four games at quarterback after Drew Brees was injured last season and will compete for the starting role this year, but he has otherwise been used as a gadget player, lining up at tight end, receiver, running back and as a Wildcat quarterback.

Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus provided a breakdown of how the Saints used Hill in 2020 through Week 10 prior to his string of starts at quarterback:

Nathan Jahnke @PFF_NateJahnke

Taysom Hill offensive snaps by position this year<br>QB - 42<br>RB - 19<br>In Line TE - 32<br>Slot WR - 41<br>Outside WR - 16

In those nine games, Hill had 34 carries and six receptions along with five pass attempts.

Tebow was a quarterback during his initial run in the NFL but hasn't played a regular-season game since 2012. With a 47.9 career completion percentage, he has struggled as a passer but could find success in short-yardage situations. The Florida product totaled 12 rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry in his two years with the Denver Broncos and might be a weapon running the ball for Jacksonville, even at 33 years old.

On the other hand, any snaps for Tebow at under center would hinder the development of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, who is expected to run the show for the Jaguars. The team also used a first-round pick on running back Travis Etienne, while James Robinson proved to be a hard-nosed runner as a rookie in 2020, rushing for 1,070 yards (4.5 yards per attempt).

After winning two BCS national championships with Tebow as his dual-threat, Heisman-winning quarterback, Meyer may be tempted to rekindle that Gators magic with some creative play-calling. However, there are likely better options on the roster.

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