Re: Patriots training camp report Saturday August 3rd
posted at 8/5/2013 12:10 PM EDT
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Yeah, Tebow gets overblown reactions in both directions--those who love him and those who hate him. I think it's pretty obvious that most of the emotion is related to all the hype around him because of his overt religiousity. Those who love that kind of thing promote him more than he deserves and that causes an overblown reaction from those who either don't like the hype or don't like religiousity.
A more fair perspective is that the guy is a poor passer (by NFL standards) and a mediocre decision-maker, but he does seem to be a hard worker with decent physical skills and a knack for making things happen under pressure. I think BB has him in camp because he's more intriguing than the typical third string QB, he has won in the league before, and he is a good practice QB because he can scramble a bit and do some things with his feet that Brady and Mallet can't do. He'll stick with the team if BB thinks filling a roster spot with a third QB is useful. BB hasn't kept a third QB for a while, but maybe he's thinking having one with Brady's age isn't a bad thing. And if he's not 100% comfortable with Mallet yet (which I don't think he is), then having a caretaker back-up like Tebow who has some game experience maybe isn't a bad thing. Plus Tebow probably does help in practice because of his different style.
Still, Tebow will be competing with a bunch of other "nice-to-haves" at the bottom of the roster. He'll have to prove to BB that he can provide more value than a developmental player who can either contribute on special teams or eventually move into the rotation at a key position.
My take on Tebow is this. There is history there with Joshy and also with the former Patriot A.H. After hearing the Pats made up the story about A.H. in Cali w/Brady to hide the fact they wanted him away from N.E. makes me believe they realized some concerns with A.H. enough to mutally agree(BB and Josh) that it would be worth bringing him in. So first and foremost I believe the Josh connection combined with Tebow possibly mentoring A.H. like he was supposed to in Florida was a factor. Im sure BB never was amazed watching Tebow on film and as soon as he arrived, BB had him doing everything from playing gunner to cleaning goal posts so he obviously wasnt brought here to soley play QB and isnt a good enough one to warrant that. What they ARE doing is attempting to make him a more NFL ready Qb and to carry him as a 3rd QB is 2 fold. Lets think back to when Brady was drafted(we all saw Brady 6, right?) Weiss had a report that said he was too slow in all his motions. Slow to deliver, slow to read,etc. So brady saw that and it motivated him to come back quicker. The thing with Tebow he already has all the tools they try to teach guys at the next level. Leadership, toughness,charisma, smarts,etc. He just lacks the actual mechanics and ability to throw a football on time and in rythm over and over. so the Pats are trying to see if they can teach him to be a good Qb cuz he has the winning attitude,toughness, competiveness already. Sooo, in closing having HIM as the 3rd Qb is not the same as lets say a 40 y/o who may come in for a game and try not to lose it. If /when Tebow is put in, we assume if its for any long term, the season is over, right? but is it? Having Tebow as your 3rd string gives you a chance. like Frank Reich in Buffalo. Everyone knows that as bad as he is, he steps up in crucial moments and gets it done. He has been a winner in the NFL despite all his critics and you would still be able to sell tickets with him at Qb as well. So after further thought on this, it absolutely makes sense to give him every chance to make the team just because of those things mentioned and he can fill in at other spots and do well(punt return, up man, gunner,f.b,etc all while serving as the 3rd QB. No way BB aint kicking those tires. I say he makes the team.
Thanks for posting the info TFB. Im really starting to like this K.T. kid. Hope he makes the team.