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So Are The Patriots Going To Give Tim Tebow A Look At Tight End Now, Or What?


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All of a sudden, the mighty New England Patriots look vulnerable. Their high-powered offense, which nearly single-handedly carried the team to the AFC title game last year, lost Wes Welker to free agency, Rob Gronkowski to a myriad of injuries and surgeries that leave his return timetable unknown, and Aaron Hernandez to the police.

The Patriots decision to cut Hernandez came just hours after he was brought into custody, and screams “public relations move,” not “football move.” Sure, Hernandez looks sketchy as hell, and he appears to be connected to this tragic death in some way, but authorities haven yet to release the charges against him (that happens later today) and already the Pats are jumping ship. It was a curious move that leaves the depth chart a little, shall we say, thinned out.

So with all that space in the slot, should the Patriots be looking to mold newly-signed Tim Tebow into their newest tight end?

It’s a viewpoint I expressed (to the best of my ability) on Huffington Post Live two weeks ago. And that was when the Patriots had Hernandez on their roster. Tebow’s signing stank of publicity stunt then, and will be even more so now if they don’t try to move him over

Based on the situation now, Tebow will never be a starting quarterback in this league. He’ll never get into a game ahead of Tom Brady or even Ryan Mallett, and will thus never get the chance to “prove” himself behind center again. If he ever wants to see the field, make a contribution and truly be the team-first player we all hear he is, he should be learning blocking schemes and catching balls in practice. They’re on the hook for almost no money with the guy anyway. How can it hurt?

Tebow has shown that he’s at his best when he’s out in the flat, breaking tackles. It’s a skill that the Patriots desperately need, more than ever. Tom Brady can’t just throw the ball to Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and “Michael Hoomanawanui.” (Who? Exactly.) The next tight end on the depth chart, Jake Ballard, didn’t even play last season. He’s about as raw as Tebow at this point.

Now that they’ve given up completely on one beleaguered tight end — one who, admittedly, may be in legal trouble for a long, long time — and find themselves waiting on another to heal, it’s time to give Tebow a shot and see what he can do at another position.

I’m sure you all have thoughts. Let’s hear them.

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  • Jackson Furst

    Eric Goldschein, you’re an idiot! One thing Bill Belichick does NOT do is “Publicity Stunts”. Tim Tebow wasn’t signed as a quarterback because Bill Belichick doesn’t think he has talent as such. Tim will be developed under one of the best like he has deserved to be since Day One of coming to the NFL. Like many great QBs before him, he will watch, learn, absurd, and develop. The day will come when Tim WILL absolutely be a starting QB again, maybe even for the Patriots. Tom Brady will no be around forever.

  • Nathan Bowdish

    I think Tebow would excel at tight end and I would be shocked if the pats don’t work him out in that position in closed practice. Tebow is a team player and plays hard every down.

  • Gary Schneider

    Pats did the right thing. They are showing that even though it might hurt the club to lose a skilled player like Hernandez. Character is more important to them than a players ability,, if their character is suspect.

  • Gary Schneider

    Article is another biased thing against Tim Tebow. Tim is already a great NFL caliber quarterback and he will start someday. Not ahead of Tom Brady but eventually he will show the naysayers his talents as quarterback.

  • Eric Goldschein

    I would make the argument that Tebow should have been developed as a TE from Day One. Like Denard Robinson down in Jacksonville, Tebow is an offensive weapon. Thanks for your input.

  • Eric Goldschein

    Good point. Character is definitely important. But they made the decision awfully fast.

  • Anonymous

    Tebow = Kordell Stewart. Both would be great at other positions due to their physical ability, but are steadfast and stubbornly holding onto the false notion that they would be better at QB.

  • eric stevens

    Interesting article i suppose. However belichick also has daniel fells, and last year he had visanthe shiancoe and a plethora of forgotten tight ends sitting around. Surely he can persuade any of them to come back with one phone call. I cant see belichick wasting much time trying to mess with tebow, whos at best a second stringer at either qb or te. Likely, his stint with new england will likely mirror ochocinvos time with the pats

  • eric stevens

    Gary schneider are you religious?

  • Gary Schneider

    Yes. But I think they have been told more than the general public about the situation.

  • doug justus

    all it would take is one good hit on brady, and teebow might get a shot….the Jets tryed to end his career and it back fired

  • eric stevens

    One good hit on brady and we would see…..ryan mallet. Hes the 2nd string qb.

  • Anonymous

    Concur, but also consider putting him in the I formation in a Larry Czonka type running attack. The I still works in the NFL with the right personnel (think Bettis and the Steelers).

  • Anonymous

    Tebow won more playoff games at QB two years ago than Payton Manning won last year. With that said, your analogy is interesting. The difference as I see it is sort of an intangible in that Tebow seems to win a lot when given the chance (college and pro). Teams like Jacksonville were stupid not to grab him and they will remain wannabees until they learn that there is more to winning a division than fielding players based on statistics.

  • Anonymous

    The question is (assuming Brady has to sit a few out)….do the Patriots want to field the quarterback with the best “form”, or do they want to win games?

  • LOL

    I love when backups watch, learn, and absurd…. it makes for much better television than when they observe.

  • eric stevens

    I asked because its mostly religious folk who believe tebow is a great qb. if he was he’d be starting somewhere. He had his moments, so did matt cassel kyle orton and 100 other qbs. His only natural ability is as a motivational speaker fot the church, which can help and inspire a multitude of people. And kordell stewart was a speedy athlete who was way better than tebow. Sorry to offend

  • Timothy Tebow

    Ryan Mallet? Got to beat him out first. I expect he will be at TE or out the door by the start of the season.

  • eric stevens

    Once again…they have a plethora of running backs that tebow will never beat

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never seen an author have the guts to engage his or her commenters! Thank you. I have now learned your name and look forward to reading more from you.

  • Mubashar Allaudin

    I think they should give him a chance if you look at his higlights for when he scrambles and runs the ball he runs fairly well

  • eric stevens

    I cant see belichick abandoning 3 yrs of training mallet…taking a “leap of faith” with tebow lol. Bettis was a beast, but he was alot bigger… i could see legarrett blounte or brandon boldin doin that type of scheme though

  • JHall

    You can’t compare their most recent playoff success with Tebow and the year with Peyton Manny. Manning is a guy known to be a guy that doesn’t play to his normal standard in cold weather. Tebow did what he did in his second year in Denver, Manning will do better this year then last in the cold cause he’s had a year (this will be his second year in Denver) to get use to the mile high stadium. Both teams still made it to the second round, only difference is Manning didn’t have to play a wild card game.

  • Eric Goldschein

    SportsGrid is all about engagement! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@sportsgrid). I wouldn’t mind the follow either (@ericgoldschein). Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • JHall

    I don’t think people realize how good Ryan Mallet was coming out of college. This is a 6 foot 6 SEC quarterback, who in his senior year throw from more then 3,000 yards, 33 touchdown, 3 picks, over 60% accuracy, with a huge arm, and has some mobility (Arkansas fan). Not to mention has been being mentored by Tom Brady. A guy would got better every year at Arkansas. Unless Tebow all of the sudden can throw better then the 47% completion percentage he is throwing now, Mallet’s job isn’t in danger.
    I will acknowledge Tebow didn’t to do bad at the quarterback postion in New York going 6 for 8 total being there, could of been worse with the 47% carrear accuracy.

  • Anonymous

    Brady sat the bench under Griese his first two years at Michigan. Steve Young sat the bench 4 years under Montana. The Tebow story is yet to be told, and it may be Great!

  • eric stevens

    Not an arkansas fan. Missouri boy here, but i agree. He dropped in the draft cuz of pot, but hes a good qb

  • Rosie Brown

    Everyone talks about Tebow playing TE , as if anyone with athletic ability can play TE. It is a skilled position for a reason , it requires certain abilities ( like good hands ) Tim has shown none of those skills. Could he be a TE…maybe but to just assume he can is silly! The patriots brought Tebow in to develop him as a QB period. I wish these type of articles would just stop!

  • Jackson Furst

    Tim Tebow is, indeed, an “offensive weapon”, however his unique skill set, while raw at this time under NFL standards, when developed could quite possibly make him one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL. I do not think the focus should be taken away from developing him at the position he has already been hugely successful at.

  • Andrew Drummond

    as raw as tebow? Ballard has a Championship ring, the game he tore his ACL. That’s a bold statement

  • NoBigWhoop

    Amazing the lengths people are willing to go just to get Tebow into an article. The Pats said they brought him onboard as a contender for QB. Why isn’t that sufficient? I fail to see how losing one skill player changes a team’s overall plan, and with a coach like Bill Belichick, I doubt it even more. As another mentioned, it will only take a phone call or two until the Pats are healthy at TE. Whether Tebow makes the team or not, I really don’t care. He’s getting a shot, and he deserves it after both Denver and the Jests. Even if he can’t make it with the Pats, after the coaching job they will do on him, he could be picked up early or mid-season by another team. That’s the thing about a game like football. Things happen to people. There are 6 other QBs starting in the NFL right now who are statistically worse and can’t win. Let’s beat them up for awhile and see what happens in NE. For now, there is no news in Foxboro.

  • Gator fan

    This is what I have said from the beginning! Why is everyone in such a hurry? Besides being under Montana for years, Steve Young even went to the UNFL before that. It took him awhile to become who he is today.

  • Landon Oyer

    Haha, this dude didn’t think the author would reply to him. Interesting to hear you say Tebow could never be a quarterback in the NFL, and then say he could be one of the most dangerous quarterbacks…? Embarrassing…

  • Joshua Shervinski

    Its silly to think the Pats, like any other corporation, are operating based on character or integrity. I have a feeling it all comes down to dollars and cents. PR teams know the business and companies that don’t cut ties to anchors will surely sink. And yes, they probably knew tons more than any of us did up until now, making the decision (profit margin/risk analysis equation) much easier.

  • Eric Goldschein

    Well said.

  • Eric Goldschein

    Well said.

  • U.N. Owen

    That’s without accounting for the cordial public relations with local law enforcement. The decision was most likely awfully well informed, rather than awfully fast…

  • Anonymous

    The Patriot really needed to remove Aaron Hernandez from the team. If they left him there he would be a needless destraction for the other players who need to be thinking about football, not their teammate who is incarcerated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Moskovita/1198903042 Jack Moskovita

    Sheesh… how EVERONE forgets Tebow has a winning record as a starter in the NFL.
    Tebow knows how to win when the games are on the line. You can’t teach that. Tebow won a thrilling OT win in the Playoffs. How many playoff games did the mighty Peyton get for Denver? NONE! ZERO!
    I recall that the best QB of all time, Montana was a poor practice player and only accidently got his starting role by coming into a couple game while behind and won the game for the Niners. Montana still didn’t get to start until BOTH QB’s ahead of him got hurt… so he almost didn’t get his chance. This is TEBOW!
    DO NOT TELL ME TEBOW CAN’T PLAY QB!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Moskovita/1198903042 Jack Moskovita

    Yes you can. Peyton sucked his first year, Tebow did not.
    Peyton had time to groom, Tebow did not.
    Now how is THAT for comparison!!!

  • JEMK

    I wonder how the Pats would feel like if Hernandez walks out of this mess as an innocent man. I think the pats rushed into making a quick decision that they just might regret in the future.

  • alexz

    Who is the Patriot’s coach again? Bill Belichick!

  • Shane Underwood

    Huh??? what did Tebow do to deserve the word great in front of NFL caliber QB? What has he done? Tebow was a GREAT college QB. He is average at the very best in the NFL. He is, however, a great leader and motivator along with athlete. I hope for Tim’s sake he proves me wrong.

  • Shane Underwood

    Young started his first couple of years in Tampa Bay…..

  • Gary Schneider

    I prefer to believe that, even though it is not too common, that there are some corporations that don’t make all their decisions based entirely on the money. You may be right but I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt until they prove otherwise. Of course money will always be part of the equation when making a decision but I like to think that character also has some sway in their decisions.

  • Gary Schneider

    One of the definitions of great is: ”marked by enthusiasm”

  • Krypto

    Eric,
    I think the first question is what are the Patriots financial situation since the release of Hernandez? If they have aquired a more flexible budget whose to say they dont just look for a free agent tight end to fill their needs? Your Thoughts?

  • Gator fan

    He signed with the UFSL first, then went to TB and didn’t excel there, then to SF(Bill Walsh liked what he saw, liked his athletic abilities…sound familiar?) where he learned. I believe he graduated from college in 1984 and didn’t actually replace Montana until 1991. Patience is a virtue much overlooked these days!

  • Topanga Lawrence

    Character is not that important to any organization if you sign someone like Hernandez. Look at all the trouble he was in before this murder rap. Obviously the Pats new about his troubled pass but signed him anyway. Also he has a small tattoo on his hand that says “blood”, which implies hes into gangs, what a piece of trash.

  • CarlC2210

    Eric Goldschein = asshat

  • Anonymous

    Tebow can’t play QB very well.

  • Patshavecharacter

    Pats have always been willing to give people a second chance if they perform well. And the message from the team has always been clear – we expect you to perform well both on the field and off. Some players have responded well and been grateful and turned themselves around. Some haven’t. Hernandez looked like he was going to turn around but it looks like some bad influences got the best of him.

  • TebowisasuccessfulQB

    Another definition of great is ‘got his team to the NFL playoffs the first year he was allowed to start as QB for the majority of the season’. I think it’s a sick joke that people give him such a hard time when he got his team to the playoffs his first season as a starter. And that’s after taking over when the team was 1-4. To me that proves that it’s not his record but the player as a person that people have problems with. There’s never been a QB before in the NFL that’s gotten their team to the playoffs and then had so many people say that he doesn’t deserve to be a QB, or should change positions, should fall off the face of the earth, or blah, blah, blah, we hate him and he shouldn’t be in the league.

    He got his team to the playoffs, period. It doesn’t matter if the wins were pretty, ugly, pretty ugly, or anything else. He did what he was supposed to do.

  • Gary Schneider

    I agree wholeheartedly. Tim will prove himself again. Maybe even this year. He is learning under a great quarterback and some great coaches. His foundation is going to get stronger and then we will see some great football.

  • Gary Schneider

    I agree with that.

  • Gary Schneider

    I would call it spiritual rather than religious. Most religions seem to be a little off base. However, I have nothing against religion or a religious person. To each their own. I love Tim Tebow for his intangibles and his character. I also believe that given a chance he will develop into a great NFL quarterback.

  • brian crawford

    brady is 36 , when he gets hurt and he will get hurt the older he gets, guess who moves up the depth chart? thats right tebow does. when mallet fails to move the ball guess who goes in the game ? thats right tebow does!

  • Greg Derham

    There have been cases of quarterbacks changing position. One famous one was Paul Hornung who played QB at Notre Dame and then running back for the Packers.
    Tebow is a terrific athlete and team leader. It is by no means a lock that he could play the TE position but considering his athleticism, his desire, and work ethic it is not a ridiculous idea.
    I am not a fan of New England but I respect their organization and coaching staff, particularly their head coach. It makes no sense that they would take him as a quarterback. Brady is getting older but people forget that the college quarterback of today can make an instant impact on a team. Just look at Washington. Taking Tebow as a future makes no sense given talent that is already in the league and in the college ranks. The TE option makes sense to me and I wish Tebow the best!


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