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Terrelle Pryor does not want to end up like Tim Tebow

Terrelle Pryor RaidersAt one point in his career, Tim Tebow was a quarterback that young players aspired to be like. His throwing mechanics and playing style were unorthodox, but Tebow won two national championships in college and led the Denver Broncos on an improbable playoff run in his first full season as an NFL starting quarterback. Now, he’s unemployed.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has spent some time working with quarterback guru Tom House recently and is planning to work with him again during the bye week. House also worked with Tebow, and many say he had helped the former Florida Gator’s mechanics at one point. The belief is that Tebow reverted to his old form when the pressure was on. Pryor does not want to make the same mistake.

Pryor said he has spoken with House about what happened to Tebow.

“He said [Tebow] was ready to go after working with him,” Pryor told ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez. “Tebow looked great, he was throwing the ball great, wasn’t missing anything. Then they said he went to [training] camp, and when he went back, he reverted back to himself because [that's] when the bullets are flying at you.

“I hope when I get the rushers, people are rushing me, I hope I don’t go back to the old thing.”

And just like that, Tebow has become an example of what not to do for NFL quarterbacks. A number of Jacksonville Jaguars fans have tried to rally their team to sign Tebow, but even the worst team in the league is not interested. As for Pryor, he has completed 72.7% of his passes when inside the pocket — the fourth-best percentage in the NFL.

“I’m very proud of that,” he said. “I’m very locked in. That’s definitely something I’m proud of. It’s a nonstop progression. It doesn’t really catch me by surprise that it’s happening.”

Pryor is capable of making plays with his legs, which is something Tebow could also do. The problem with Tebow is he never got the passing down. It’s nearly impossible to succeed in the NFL without it. Pryor is hoping he can become a true dual-threat.

Bryce Harper on his religious beliefs: ‘I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow’

Bryce Harper NationalsWe all know that Tim Tebow is a very, very religious man. He has always gone out of his way to spread the Christian faith and thank God for all the good that has happened in his life. Less people know about Bryce Harper’s religious faith, although he takes it just as seriously.

Harper is a devout Mormon. He writes “Luke 1:37″ on every autograph he signs, which is a bible verse that reads, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” According to The Washington Times, Harper also attended seminary classes at 5 a.m. every weekday during high school. However, he said he tries not to share his religious beliefs with anyone unless they ask.

“If somebody asks me about it, I’ll tell them about it, but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow,” he said, noting that he meant no offense toward Tebow.

Other religious NFL players have accused Tebow of talking about his faith too much. Unlike other Mormons, Harper decided not to go on a Mormon mission but instead pursue a career in professional baseball. He said that decision was driven by his mother’s advice.

“My mom always told me, ‘You can touch a lot more lives playing baseball and doing good things than you would on a mission,’” Harper said. “It’s very true. Shoot, I’ll tweet about God and get 1,500 retweets and it’s like, that just went to 1,500 people or more.

“I’m going to try to be the best person I can off the field [and promote my faith that way]. What I say is, ‘I try to be the best walking Book of Mormon as I can.’”

Instead of preaching, Harper simply turns reporters into a punchline if they ask a “clown” question about him doing something that would go against his religious beliefs. As they say, to each his own.

Dozens of Jacksonville Jaguars fans show up to Tim Tebow rally

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Jacksonville Jaguars fans are willing to try anything to turn their misfortunes around. The team was 2-14 last season and looks like it could somehow be even worse in 2013. Positions of need include quarterback, among many others. And many Jags fans are wondering why that quarterback can’t be free agent Tim Tebow.

Despite a number of reports over the past year that the Jaguars have been close to signing Tebow or were aggressively trying to acquire him in a trade, the team has denied ever having interest. On Monday afternoon, dozens of fans showed up in an attempt to force the front office’s hand. Here’s another photo of the angry mob:

Did I say dozens? I meant a few. Well, maybe more than a few. A bushel? Can we use the word “bushel” to describe people? It seems appropriate in this situation.

I think it’s safe to say that letter from Chuck Norris is the best chance Jags fans have of seeing Tebow as their signal-caller.

H/T Shutdown Corner
Photo via @LewTurner

Tim Tebow works on throwing mechanics at USC (Video)

Tim-Tebow-throwing-motionTim Tebow has not given up on his goal of once again playing quarterback in the NFL. Earlier this week, the former New England Patriots quarterback worked out at the USC campus. We showed you a photo he took with some USC women’s lacrosse players on Monday. Prior to that, the 26-year-old worked on his throwing mechanics.

A video clip that iFolloSports.com shared with us shows Tebow consulting someone who appears to be a throwing coach. It looked like the former Heisman Trophy winner was working on shortening his throwing motion, which is something he has focused on in the past when working with trainers.

After he was released by the Patriots a couple weeks ago, Tebow tweeted that he will remain in “relentless pursuit” of his dream of being an NFL quarterback. He’s keeping to his word, but the more weeks that pass the more likely it is that his NFL career is over.

Tim Tebow trained at USC, took picture with women’s lacrosse team

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Tim Tebow is currently unemployed, but that does not mean he is sitting around doing nothing while he waits for the phone to ring. On Monday, Tebow worked out at USC and took a moment to pose for a picture with the women’s lacrosse team.

“Training with Tim Tebow in the building, not a bad Monday!” the team’s Twitter account posted.

Tebow was offered a contract from an Arena Football League team owned by legendary rock band Kiss earlier this week. However, he remains focused on achieving his goal of playing in the NFL again. Speculation has run rampant that the Jacksonville Jaguars could come calling in the wake of Blaine Gabbert’s horrendous performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen no matter how badly Chuck Norris wants it.

All Tebow can do is continue to break a sweat and hope a team either needs a quarterback who can’t throw or wants to sell tickets.

Tim Tebow reportedly turned down inquiry to switch positions

Tim Tebow JetsTim Tebow likely needs to switch positions if he wants to continue playing in the NFL, but he may not be ready to make that concession.

SI’s Peter King reported on “2013 NFL Kickoff” on NBC Thursday that Tebow received an inquiry from an undisclosed team about switching positions, but the former Heisman Trophy winner turned it down.

Tebow was cut by the New York Jets in the offseason after having a disappointing season with them last year. He received very little playing time and was buried in their quarterback depth chart.

Tebow went unsigned for a good part of the offseason, but the New England Patriots signed him and brought him to camp. They cut him following their final preseason game and decided to only keep two quarterbacks on the roster — Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett.

Most people think Tebow will have to switch positions to tight end or H-back if he wants to continue his NFL career. I actually think he could remain a free agent and still end up playing this season once quarterbacks begin getting injured. That’s probably what he’s banking on, and why he remains focused on continuing as a QB.

“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” Tebow wrote on Twitter upon being released by the Patriots. It looks like his desires have not changed.

H/T Rotoworld

New England Patriots release Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow PatriotsThe New England Patriots have released Tim Tebow. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday morning.

Throughout the offseason, there have been various reports and speculation about whether Tebow would make the Patriots’ 53-man roster. For the most part, beat writers seemed to agree that Tebow’s chances of making the final roster were slim. Those chances likely lessened during preseason play.

Tebow was not impressive in his three performances for New England during the preseason. He completed a miserable 36.7 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked seven times and looked completely lost during certain situations. In the third preseason game, which is typically when starters and roster locks get the most playing time, Tebow did not play at all.

Now, you have to wonder if Tebow’s NFL career is over. He hung around in free agency for quite a while before the Patriots signed him, so it’s not like there were teams lining up for his services a few months ago. Some team could bring him on board as a backup quarterback to boost ticket sales, but the odds of Tebow ever starting again in the NFL are very low.