The Simple Reason Why Tim Tebow Is About To Make The Eagles Roster Over Matt Barkley
A couple of years ago, Tim Tebow got a training camp shot with the New England Patriots, and proceeded to throw himself right out of the league. After joining ESPN as a college football analyst, it was safe to assume that Tebow had put his NFL-playing days behind him.
Fast forward to 2015, and Tebow is poised to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster as the third-string back-up over more traditional quarterback Matt Barkley.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly continues to be impressed by quarterback Tim Tebow, who will earn a spot on the team if he doesn't make any major errors the rest of the preseason, a team source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini.
The source said Kelly's excitement for Tebow is getting stronger. Kelly is impressed by Tebow's running skill, and although he's not perfect, he's improved throwing the football, making him valuable with the new two-point rule and in short-yardage situations.
How did this happen?
Well, Tebow works his ass off. We know that much. He's also insanely popular -- that's been the case for his entire playing career. But there's a reason beyond "his ability to run" and "the added dimension for two-point conversions" that gives Tebow the edge over Barkley.
Namely: Why the hell not?
Realistically, the third-string quarterback has no shot of getting into a game. The Eagles are one of the only teams in the league where that's a realistic possibility, of course -- thanks to Sam Bradford's history of injuries and Mark Sanchez's history of not being very good -- but the third-stringer is the backup plan to the backup plan. A placeholder. An insurance policy.
Why not have a guy with a proven upside (however unlikely it is that he gets to exercise it again) on the roster than a guy who has only shown the ceiling of, at best, a replacement-level QB? If both Bradford and Sanchez go down, Barkley isn't leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl -- so why not get a wild-card like Tebow, who somehow got the Broncos to the playoffs all those years ago, into the mix and see what he can do? If you're down to your third-stringer, why not go for broke?
Also, Barkley is the more valuable trade asset at this point. No one really wants to take on Tebow, but teams like the Bills and Texans might be willing to part with a 7th-rounder for another warm QB body at this point and take a flier on Barkley.
Tebow isn't going to be lighting up the league again anytime soon. But in a go-for-broke situation, I'd rather have him leading the charge than an uninspiring USC QB product like Barkley. Kelly clearly feels the same.
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