Tim Tebow caught passes, threw two interceptions at Patriots first practice
For starters, ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss pointed out that Tebow caught a few passes and took part in some run-after-the-catch drills. This is worth noting for two reasons. Early reports indicated that the Patriots may have signed Tebow with the intention of using him at tight end, but others have insisted he is vying for a backup quarterback position and nothing more. If he’s just there to play quarterback, then why didn’t Tom Brady or Ryan Mallet catch any passes?
“I think that we’ll use Tim wherever we feel like he’s best for the team and I know that’s what he’s committed to doing as well, whatever that is,” Bill Belichick said before practice.
Tebow also got a chance to show off his quarterbacking skills during Day 1, and Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com said he was “horrendous.” He threw two interceptions, one of which was picked off at the line of scrimmage on a nice play by defensive end Chandler Jones and the other of which was thrown directly to a defensive back. He also one-hopped a throw to the sideline that hit the ground halfway there.
It was only Day 1 of training camp. We’re well aware of that, but there is certainly plenty to chew on with Tebow being used as a pass-catcher and playing horribly as a quarterback. If he truly is unlikely to make the Patriots roster, the early days in camp could be incredibly important.