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Tim Tebow Can Play TE in the NFL, Packers' Marcedes Lewis Says; 'He Gets It'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2021

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow smiles before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis said he's confident former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow can successfully transition to tight end and make an impact at his new position.

"He gets it," Lewis told TMZ Sports about Tebow in an interview released Saturday. "With the right coach, in the right system—he's athletic and, if he's willing, he'll be able to get it done."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tebow reached out to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hired his former college coach Urban Meyer in the offseason, to request a tryout at tight end after stepping away from his baseball career in the New York Mets organization in February.

Jags general manager Trent Baalke confirmed there was a workout but wouldn't say whether they'd make a contract offer to the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.

"[Tebow] worked out as a tight end and that's the position he'll be playing," Baalke said. "Right now where it stands, we're going to get through the draft. Our whole focus, quite honestly, has been on the draft and we'll worry about that when the draft is over."

Lewis doesn't think Tebow is going to morph into a three-down tight end who's on the field in short-yardage blocking situations, but he thinks the athleticism is there to become a solid pass-catcher.

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"I mean, it's definitely a tough position," Lewis told TMZ. "I'm pretty sure if he does come back it would probably be in an F tight end role, kind of an adjuster where he's able to run routes and stuff like that. I don't see him in-line blocking, so he may be able to pick it up."

Tebow spent three years—two with the Denver Broncos and one with the New York Jets—as a quarterback but could never develop his skills as a pure passer enough to become a franchise QB. His multifaceted playmaking ability is what made him so dangerous in college under Meyer.

He finished his first NFL stint with a subpar 47.9 percent completion rate and just 29 total touchdowns (17 passing and 12 rushing) across 35 appearances, so his only path back to the sport was a position change.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Jaguars give him an opportunity to prove himself in training camp and the preseason, especially since tight end is a position of need. Chris Manhertz, James O'Shaughnessy, Tyler Davis and Ben Ellefson are the team's tight ends under contract.

Tebow, 33, is a long shot to make a significant NFL impact at tight end, but perhaps he could carve out a niche role for himself in obvious passing situations and on trick plays.

  

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