Tim Tebow has found a new home…with the New England Patriots. No, seriously.
New England expects him to attend minicamp on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Ed Werder.
Werder has confirmed that the team has signed him with the intent of playing quarterback (behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett), while Mike Freeman of CBS Sports is told “Tebow will study a great deal at tight end.”
Through 12 games (and two starts), the 6-3, 236-pound quarterback and personal punt protector completed just six of eight passes for 39 yards and added 102 rushing yards on 32 carries with the New York Jets in 2012.
However, despite playing a very limited role in the team’s 30th-ranked offense and a pretty significant major role in the Jets’ circus, Tebow has proven in the past that he can shine when it’s all on the line.
In 2011, Tebow took over under center in Denver after Kyle Orton led the Broncos to a 1-4 start to the season. He finished the year with an 8-5 record as the starting signal-caller (postseason included).
He completed 126 of 271 passes for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns to six interceptions and added 660 yards and six scores on 122 carries in 14 games (11 starts) during the 2011 regular season.
Tebow, 25, also stunned the Steelers in the Wildcard round of the playoffs and dialed up some of the most fascinating finishes in thrilling, come-from-behind fashion that we’ve seen from the position in recent memory.
During his rookie season, Tebow threw for 654 yards with five TDs to three INTs with a 50.0 completion rate (41 of 82) and added 227 yards and six scores on 43 carries in nine games and three starts in 2010.
His throwing motion can be pitiful. His style of play may be unconventional. But he has potential and great intangibles and offenses around the NFL are constantly looking to generate more wrinkles.
The connection with the Patriots is obvious as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels traded up for the former first round round pick with the No. 25 selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Coach Bill Belichick also reportedly had plenty of interest in Tebow before the Broncos scooped him up over three years ago.
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