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.

Fan has a Philadelphia Eagles ‘Mrs. Tebow’ Tim Tebow jersey

Tim Tebow PatriotsTim Tebow does not play for the Philadelphia Eagles. He never has and he probably never will, but you know how fans can be. Or should I say, you know how Tebowmaniacs can be.

Tebowmania has quieted down a bit since his failed season with the New York Jets, but his dedicated fans remain as enthusiastic as ever. We have seen customized jerseys with Tebow’s number on them and the name “Jesus” on the back, but at least the jersey was from a team Tebow actually played for. The same can’t be said of this Eagles fan:

That’s one way to show your allegiance to Tebow and the Eagles, albeit one that makes absolutely no sense. Hey, I guess it’s original.

Matt Every has Tim Tebow Patriots logo on his golf bag


Matt Every is one of the more inexperienced golfers competing in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill this week, but the 29-year-old is hanging in there above the cut line. You know what has allowed him to do that? The spiritual presence of Tim Tebow.

As The Big Lead pointed out, Every attended the University of Florida from 2003-2006. His last year as a Gator was when Tebow was a freshman, so it’s possible that is where the connection lies. In any event, Every is the only golfer at the PGA Championship with a New England Patriots logo on his bag and Tebow’s name and No. 5 stitched below it.

Tebow may not be a lock to make the Patriots’ roster out of training camp, but that doesn’t mean Tebowmania has become extinct. I haven’t seen Tom Brady’s name stitched on any golf bags at major tournaments this season.

At least one Patriots writer fully expects Tim Tebow to make final roster

Tim Tebow PatriotsThe New England Patriots can release Tim Tebow before the regular season begins with no penalty. He is currently playing under a two-year, minimum salary deal that includes no guaranteed money. Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tebow is competing for a backup quarterback position. Does that mean his chances of making the team are slim?

Quite the opposite, says Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. Although Bill Belichick has abandoned the concept of carrying three quarterbacks (Ryan Mallet is expected to stay) in recent years, Volin argued on Thursday that “all logic points to Tebow staying a Patriot” for at least the upcoming season.

For starters, Volin pointed out that there is little benefit to having Tebow on board strictly as a training camp player. As previous reports have indicated, he has struggled making throws in practice and has not looked all that sharp. The thing is, that is how Tebow has been since he came into the NFL. His shakiness makes it difficult to evaluate the players around him, so the Patriots would hardly benefit from rostering him strictly for training camp purposes.

In addition, Tebow is much more than just a quarterback. While New England may not be looking to convert him to a tight end as some reports previously stated, he can still line up at different positions and confuse opposing defenses. Those who watched linebacker Mike Vrabel catch touchdown passes know that Belichick loves the element of surprise, which is something he must considering with Tebow.

And of course, there is the locker room factor. In an offseason where the Patriots have lost a star tight end to a murder investigation and have a starting cornerback due back in court later this month, leadership and positive attitudes should be valued more than ever. Patriots owner Robert Kraft previously stated that you “can’t get enough people” like Tebow on your team.

It should be noted that there are plenty of people who disagree with Volin. Earlier this month, one ESPN writer gave Tebow a 25% chance of making the Patriots’ 53-man roster. At first, I thought Tebow was a longshot to make the team. But given all of the off-field issues New England has had this offseason, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tebow’s character holds more weight now that it did when he was signed.

Josh McDaniels: Tim Tebow is with the New England Patriots to play quarterback

Tim Tebow PatriotsIf you have been following Tim Tebow’s first training camp with the New England Patriots, you have likely heard the chatter about him catching passes and participating in running drills. Many people — myself included — have wondered if that means the Patriots intend to use Tebow at a position other than quarterback. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says that is not the case.

According to McDaniels, Tebow has taken part in ball-carrier drills because he is a scrambling quarterback.

“He’s just practicing his open-field running,” McDaniels told Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “Matt Cassel and (Doug) Flutie and some of those other guys I’ve had a chance to coach, I think we did the same types of things with them. And again we know Tim has a skill set that some of these other guys don’t possess in terms of his ability to run with it, scramble with it when he has it in his hands.

“I know the defensive guys enjoy the challenge of trying to get him to the ground, but I think it’s good for everybody. It’s a normal procedure we go through in training camp.”

Of course, you never know with the Patriots. McDaniels could be under strict orders to tell the media that Tebow is only being used as a quarterback even if it’s untrue. Or maybe the initial reports about Tebow competing for a backup job were more accurate than those that speculated he would be used as a tight end.

“He’s put in a lot of time and effort to improve his individual skill set to play the position of quarterback in our offense, and I think every day is a learning tool for him,” McDaniels added.

Tebow has reportedly been very shaky throwing the ball in his first few practices, so he likely has a lot of work to do if he wants to prove to the coaching staff that he’s deserving of a roster spot. If the former Florida Gator is only vying for a quarterback position, it would likely be third string behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett. Bill Belichick rarely carries three quarterbacks.

Tim Tebow reportedly struggles again; Patriots fans chant for Tom Brady

Tim Tebow PatriotsAfter struggling in his first official practice with the New England Patriots, Tim Tebow reportedly showed more of the same on Saturday. Various Patriots beat writers who watched practice said that Tebow and Tom Brady both struggled in 11-on-11 passing drills and that several balls were batted down. However, Brady is not trying to prove himself to the fans.

According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, Tebow took at least 10 seconds to do make a decision with the ball at one point during 11-on-11 drills. This did not please the fans in attendance at Gillette Stadium, and they reportedly began sarcastically chanting, “Brady! Brady!”

The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin confirmed the play where Tebow held the ball for 10 seconds and described his performance as “horrible.”

On Friday, Tebow caught a few passes in practice but those who watched him said he was terrible throwing the ball. While many people think it’s insane to criticize Tebow just two days into training camp, you have to remember that he is hardly a lock to make the Patriots 53-man roster. The time to impress the coaching staff is early on in camp, and he clearly has been unable to do that out of the gate.

Tim Tebow caught passes, threw two interceptions at Patriots first practice

Tim Tebow PatriotsTim Tebow has completed his first official training camp practice with the New England Patriots, and he was involved with plenty of action that could spark the Tebowmania talk once again.

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.