FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- According to a tweet from Ed Werder, an NFL reporter for ESPN.com, the New England Patriots have signed former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. Werder tweeted the following earlier this afternoon.
Just filed to ESPN: The Patriots are signing QB Tim Tebow and expect him to be in minicamp tomorrow.
He will participate as a quarterback in minicamp per Werder’s post about the signing .
Tebow completed six passes out of eight attempts for 39 yards and no touchdowns for the Jets last season and received limited playing time. The signing reunites the former Florida Gator with quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels, who coached him in Denver. As Werder notes, Belichick has liked Tebow from the get-go.
Bill Belichick has always spoken of Tebow with admiration and move reunites with Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in first round.
It will be interesting to see how he will fit into the Patriots’ offense. He could be used closer to the end zone as an option quarterback, or maybe even a running back in some spots. The knock on him has always been that he is a good athlete, but not a NFL-type quarterback, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out exactly in camp amd whether he will stay as a quarterback.
He is a high-character player and fits into the “Patriot Way” mold very well in that respect. In any event, a lot of attention will be focused on Tebow and the Patriots from here on out, so he does bring some baggage with him. That may be a negative, but New England is very adept at handling the media, something that the Jets did not do so well.
Now Patriots fans will have to practice their “Tebowing” and hopefully he will provide enough big plays for the Patriots for fans to do so frequently.