Tim Tebow vs. Packers: Stats, Reaction and Updated 2015 Fantasy Advice

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Tebow throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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Tim Tebow's time was limited in the Philadelphia Eagles' 39-26 win over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night, but the backup quarterback likely only strengthened his chances of making the Eagles' final roster ahead of the 2015 regular season.

Tim Tebow—Preseason Week 3 Stats
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Source: ESPN.com

Recap and Reaction

Aside from two failed two-point conversion attempts in the first quarter, Tebow didn't get a real chance to make an impact until the fourth quarter after he entered the game for Matt Barkley. Eric Rosenthal of Page2Sports.com still ventured the stakes were fairly high for the left-hander:

On his two drives, Tebow attempted two passes, the former of which went to Rasheed Bailey for seven yards and the latter of which found Raheem Mostert for eight yards. The former Heisman Trophy winner also fumbled the ball once but quickly recovered to prevent the turnover.

If Tebow and Barkley are in fact battling for the third-string QB job, then you might have to give the nod to Tebow at this point. Barkley finished Saturday 5-of-9 for 28 yards. John Clark of CSN Philadelphia posted his numbers from the last two games, which are far from impressive:

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

Matt Barkley last 2 games: 11-23, 114 yards. Really which QB is winning this battle? #Eagles

"Tim is not a gadget guy," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of Tebow, per ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan. "I think Tim is a quarterback, and I think he's proven that so far when he's been out here."

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Whatever Philadelphia has planned for Tebow, ESPN's Skip Bayless believes his last shot to firmly eliminate any doubt as to his value is in the Eagles' last preseason game next Thursday against, ironically enough, the New York Jets:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Not much from Tebow tonite. Completed both passes, 1 on 3rd down for a 1st, another screen. One nice run. Future could hinge on Thurs nite.

Fantasy Outlook

Under no circumstances should you draft Tim Tebow for your fantasy football team; it's that simple.

Even in the event Tebow makes the team, which could very well happen, he'd need to supplant both Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez on the depth chart to become a viable fantasy option.

Should Tebow come in for short-yardage situations—which is the likeliest way he sees the field in 2015—he won't consistently register a high enough volume of yards or regularly score a touchdown to give you points on a weekly basis.

Maybe you could keep track of him in daily fantasy leagues in case all of the stars align and lead you to believe he'll receive a high number of snaps in a certain week.

But chances are Tebow won't be anything more than novelty act in the Eagles offense.

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