Tim Tebow is a 34-year-old who hasn't played a regular-season professional football game in nine years attempting to make the transition to a position he's never played against NFL competition.
To the surprise of almost no one, said transition has gone terribly bad. Tebow made his Jaguars preseason debut Saturday and has spent the last two days going viral over laughably bad block attempts.
Former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz did not seem particularly surprised by Tebow's struggles or the criticism.
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Looks like a 34 yr old who’s never had to block. And before y’all come to cape for Tebow. When the Jags signed a minor league baseball player who’s a former QB who hasn’t played in a game since 2012 to the roster to play TE… this is the scrutiny he will get. <a href="https://t.co/ZRykuMB5Z7">https://t.co/ZRykuMB5Z7</a>
The Tebow signing always felt like a combination of a publicity stunt and a favor from Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida. Transitioning from quarterback to tight end is hard enough by itself; doing so well after your athletic peak and after a half-decade of playing baseball in the minors is nearly impossible.
We're looking at what is almost certainly the final days of Tim Tebow's NFL journey. Roster cuts are coming Tuesday, and if the game tape is any indication of what the Jags have seen in practice, there's no justification to keep him on the roster.
In the end, it's no harm, no foul if Tebow's among the first cuts. But if Meyer keeps him on the roster ahead of younger, better players, it's fair to begin questioning his decision-making.