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#pounditMonday, June 5, 2023

Champ Bailey: Practice players were told to let Tim Tebow complete passes

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When he became a superstar in college at Florida, Tim Tebow developed a reputation as a player with an unorthodox style who always finds a way to win. He lived up to that reputation in very brief spurts with the Denver Broncos, but apparently Tebow struggled to find success on the practice field.

In an appearance on Colin Cowherd’s show Monday, Champ Bailey — who played with Tebow in 2010 and 2011 — was asked for an example of a player who was a bad practice player but a good game player. Without hesitation, Bailey dropped Tebow’s name. He followed up with some entertaining details.

“He just didn’t look good in practice,” Bailey explained. “He was not great in practice. When you tell the scout team to back off of a guy, let him make some plays and make some throws, that’s not a good practice player.”

Bailey added that the scout team was told they had to “let (Tebow) get in a rhythm” to boost his confidence. While that’s a pretty embarrassing bit of information that Bailey decided to go public with, he did say Tebow is a “gamer” who always came to play and turned it on when it mattered.

Tebow was released by the Philadelphia Eagles before the season, and Chip Kelly advised him to get some reps in the CFL. He hasn’t done that, but he is supposedly dating a very attractive woman. That has to count for something, right?


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