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Jaguars had trouble getting in touch with Trevor Lawrence on draft night

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence knew for months leading up to the NFL Draft that the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to take him with the first overall pick. Waiting until draft night to announce the pick was simply a formality for the team, and it was one that nearly backfired.

Lawrence was at home with his family the night of the draft waiting to officially celebrate the start of his NFL career. When the Jaguars were on the clock at No. 1, they tried to get Lawrence on the phone to deliver the news that the former Clemson star knew was coming. There was one big problem, however — the team’s calls weren’t getting through.

Eventually, Urban Meyer was able to reach Lawrence from his personal cell phone. You can see the comically tense situation unfold below:

The Jaguars could have announced their pick at any point, as there was no doubt there were picking Lawrence. Still, getting the call and celebrating with your family is all part of the draft experience. We’re glad Lawrence wasn’t robbed of that.

The phone call from the Jags was obviously the highlight of Lawrence’s night, but it got even better after that.

Details of Tim Tebow’s contract with Jaguars revealed

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is far from guaranteed a Week 1 roster spot with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the contract he signed with the team is proof of that.

Tebow officially signed with the Jaguars on Thursday. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the contract is a one-year deal worth $920,000, which is the veteran minimum. It includes no guaranteed money, as expected.

You can certainly make the argument that signing Tebow created an unnecessary distraction for the Jaguars, but there is virtually no financial risk.

Tebow has not appeared in an NFL game since 2012 and will turn 34 before the start of the 2021 season. He is trying to make the team as a tight end, which is an entirely new position for him. Very few people believe he will do enough to show Urban Meyer he is worthy of a roster spot, though the two obviously have a long history together.

While the odds favor Tebow being cut at some point this summer, that is not stopping his fans from loading up on merchandise. We can only imagine what Mel Kiper Jr. would say about that, as he unloaded on Tebow this week for even attempting a comeback.

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Here is what Tim Tebow told those close to him about signing with Jaguars

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has officially returned to the NFL, and it will be an uphill battle for him to prove he is worthy of a Week 1 roster spot. As you might expect, the former Heisman Trophy winner is looking forward to the climb.

The Jaguars announced on Thursday morning that they have signed Tebow. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 33-year-old has told those close to him that he understands the challenge he is facing to make the roster.

Tebow thanked the Jaguars for the opportunity in a statement.

Urban Meyer is giving Tebow a shot even though Tebow has not appeared in an NFL game since 2012. The two obviously have a close relationship from their time together at Florida, which is why it was no coincidence when Tebow retired from playing baseball right around the time the Jaguars hired Meyer.

Meyer recently tried to explain some of his rationale behind signing Tebow, but many have questioned the move. One former NFL executive thinks Meyer would be making a massive mistake if Tebow makes the final roster.

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Ex-GM explains why having Tim Tebow on roster could crush Jaguars

Tim Tebow

Urban Meyer has decided to give Tim Tebow a chance to revive his NFL career after nearly a decade away from football. Most people agree that Tebow has virtually no chance of contributing as a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But if Tebow is simply included on the final roster, one former NFL executive thinks Urban Meyer will be making a mammoth mistake.

Former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins general manager and executive VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” this week that Meyer is going to have a tough time facing players in the locker room if Tebow is on the Week 1 roster.

“If Tim Tebow’s on the opening day roster, it will eviscerate Urban Meyer’s credibility. Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee are praying that Tim Tebow makes the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that organization is run based on relationships, they have no chance to win,” Tannenbaum said. “This is about Trevor Lawrence and trying to do everything you can to make him successful — not trying to turn a 34-year-old Tim Tebow into a tight end.

“If he makes this team, it’s gonna really hurt Urban’s ability to stand up in front of the team and say, ‘Hey, how you play matters.’ It simply won’t. It’ll be based on a relationship.”

Tannenbaum noted that backup skill position players in the NFL are expected to play on special teams, which probably is not something Meyer would have Tebow do. For reasons like that, the Jaguars could have issues regarding whether Tebow is receiving preferential treatment from his friend and former coach.

Meyer recently tried to explain some of his rationale behind signing Tebow, but the questions remain. It’s going to be very hard for the first-year NFL coach to argue that Tebow, who has never played tight end and has been out of the NFL since 2012, is the best man for the job.

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New-look Jaguars still not receiving national TV interest

Trevor Lawrence

The Jacksonville Jaguars may have made some big changes to their franchise, but they still have not commanded interest from TV executives.

The Jags only have primetime game in the 2021 season: on Thursday night at Cincinnati on Sept. 30.

The lack of a “Sunday Night Football” or “Monday Night Football” game continues for Jacksonville. The last time the Jags played on “Sunday Night Football” was in 2008. Their last “Monday Night Football” game was in 2011. Both streaks are the longest in the NFL.

The Jags have a new head coach in Urban Meyer and new quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, who was the No. 1 pick. They will have to prove they can win and score points in order to start getting national TV games.

If this man makes the roster and actually starts having a role, you could expect one of the streaks to end.

Report: Jaguars coaches not in agreement over Tim Tebow signing

Tim Tebow

There has been a lot of skepticism expressed across the NFL community over the Jacksonville Jaguars’ decision to sign Tim Tebow, and apparently some of that is shared by members of the team’s coaching staff.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington said on Tuesday’s edition of “Get Up!” that there is “serious disagreement” within the Jaguars organization about signing Tebow. Some of the members of Urban Meyer’s coaching staff reportedly do not feel bringing in the 33-year-old is a smart move.

“Beyond the emotional side of this and beyond the wonders of why, is just the reality that it’s really not practical,” Darlington said. “It’s really not likely to work. Urban Meyer would say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna add anybody to my team who has the potential to better this organization.’ To which you could look at this and say, ‘How is this going to better the organization?’ There’s really not very much upside at all.”

Most people believe there is little chance Tebow will contribute in Jacksonville — including Jaguars fans. He has not appeared in an NFL game since 2012 and has never played tight end at the pro level. It would make more sense to bring him in as a coach than a player.

One wide receiver who is still hoping to play in the NFL already expressed his feelings about the Tebow news on Twitter. That opinion is widely shared.

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Tim Tebow agrees to one-year with Jaguars

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is returning to the NFL.

Tebow and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a one-year contract, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The contract is not done yet, but it could be made official in the next week.

Tebow is 33 and has not played in the NFL since 2012 when he was with the New York Jets. He was also a quarterback then and is trying to transition to tight end, so he will not be guaranteed to make the final roster in Jacksonville.

Tebow announced his retirement from professional baseball back in February, and we immediately noted that the timing did not seem like a coincidence. Tebow played for Urban Meyer at Florida, and the two won two national championships together. They have similar religious values and remain close. A few years ago, Meyer even watched Tebow in one of his baseball games.

After hearing what Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan said about Tebow recently, it would have been a surprise if the team did not sign him.

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Here is why Jaguars are waiting to make Tim Tebow decision

Tim Tebow

The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to be flirting with the idea of signing Tim Tebow, but they are not in a rush to make a final decision.

In his weekly column for NBC Sports, Peter King confirmed that there is a chance the Jaguars could sign Tebow as a backup tight end. However, King believes head coach Urban Meyer will want to wait at least another week before making a determination.

“I hear the Jaguars will wait till after this weekend’s rookie mini-camp to assess their roster and maybe see how much they think they can get in the overall blocking/receiving from fifth-round tight end Luke Farrell of Ohio State. (I think they’ll be pleased with him.) But after declining to keep solid vet Tyler Eifert last week, the Jags have a major need at tight end. Which could give Tebow fan Urban Meyer a pretty good reason to bring in Tebow for a shot to be roster insurance,” King wrote.

It does not sound like the Jags will have any competition to sign Tebow. The 33-year-old has not had any known workouts with other teams, and he probably only wants to play for Meyer if he returns to the NFL. He is also beloved by many fans in Jacksonville because of his Florida roots.

Some comments the co-owner of the Jags made last week indicated Meyer is leaning toward signing Tebow. We should have an answer by the end of the month.

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Jaguars co-owner offers hint about Tim Tebow’s future with team?

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow recently worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end, and it has become clear that the visit was more than just a courtesy meeting with his former coach.

Jaguars executive Tony Kahn, a co-owner of the team and the son of owner Shad Khan, spoke about Tebow’s workout in Jacksonville during an appearance on Bleacher Report’s “Draft Wrap” show. While Khan said he is unable to comment much on the situation, he did admit that Jags head coach Urban Meyer “really thinks (Tebow) can help us.”

“Tim has definitely come in and worked out. Beyond that, I can’t say too much,” Khan said. “Tim has come in and worked out as a tight end. That’s not a position that we’ve seen him play, but it’s a position he’s been practicing at with us.

“Obviously Urban knows Tim really well and Tim has a great history of winning. Urban really believes he can help us.”

Meyer confirmed on Sunday that Tebow worked out with Jacksonville’s tight end unit. The coach called the position a “concern” for the Jaguars but said the team has not made a decision about Tebow yet. You can read Meyer’s full comments here.

At this point, it would be somewhat surprising if the Jaguars don’t sign Tebow. We know he and Meyer have a close relationship, and there has been talk of Tebow playing a very specific role in Jacksonville.

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Urban Meyer weighs in on Tim Tebow possibly joining Jaguars

Tim Tebow

What are the chances of the Jacksonville Jaguars bringing in Tim Tebow as a tight end? Coach Urban Meyer didn’t do anything to downplay the chatter on Sunday.

Reports emerged this week that Tebow worked out for Jaguars officials as a tight end, and the Jaguars have left the door open to signing him. Meyer essentially confirmed that Sunday, though he stressed that no decision has been made — or thought about all that hard.

“We had a conversation,” Meyer said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “He worked out with our tight ends coach, I stopped by, did not stay for the whole workout. Then our focus went to the NFL draft. We’re going to revisit here in the near future. That’s how that all happened.”

Meyer did add that he was dissatisfied with the Jaguars’ current crop of tight ends, though the team drafted Ohio State’s Luke Farrell in the fifth round. The coach said the position was “a concern” for the Jaguars, adding that if Tebow could help the team win, Meyer would be in favor of adding his former quarterback at Florida.

“I have one job and that is to win games with the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Tim Tebow or Travis Etienne can help us win, then that’s my job to get them ready to go play,” Meyer added. “That decision is certainly not made yet.”

If the Jaguars did make the move, it’s possible that Tebow would have a unique role similar to another player. Regardless, now that Meyer has left the door open, expect to hear more about it at some point.

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