Jets will use Tim Tebow on the punt team

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When the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from Denver, one of the suggestions of ways to use him was to have him play on the punt team as the personal protector.

It seems that the Jets are following through on that suggestion. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has told Tebow that they will use him in that role during the 2012 season. It’s not clear if Tebow will be playing that role on every punt or if it will only be an occasional look, but the reason why the Jets would deploy Tebow that way makes sense.

Teams will have to pay more attention to fakes than they would if a non-quarterback was standing in front of the punter which will limit their ability to set up for returns when the Jets do go ahead and punt the ball. If they do decide to run a fake, Tebow is able to run the ball or draw the defense forward and then try a pass to get the first down. Tebow’s also big enough that he can be part of the coverage team without taking an undue injury risk.

There’s long been an argument that Tebow is a better football player than he is a quarterback at this point in his career. The Jets appear to be ready to let him prove it in a variety of roles this season.

56 responses to “Jets will use Tim Tebow on the punt team

  1. Teams will have to pay more attention to fakes than they would if a non-quarterback was standing in front of the punter which will limit their ability to set up for returns when the Jets do go ahead and punt the ball.
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    Thought this article was about a non-qb.

  2. In Denver Tebow was adamant that he would not play any position other then QB.

    Now in NY all the talk is how he is a “football” player and he’s “excited” to help the team anyway he can.

    I believe this story is yet another smokescreen for draft week.

  3. Why bother putting Saint Tebow on the field at all?

    All Televangelist Tebow has to do is pray for a win and it will be a done deal.

  4. Backup QB, First team Punt Protector. If NFL films had this new information, imagine where how far up he would be on their list. Probably top 3……SMDH!

  5. my guess is these snaps are part of the 20 per game that everyone is making such a big deal about..

  6. They should run a fake the very first time they put him out there, thereby planting the idea in the minds of the opposing side every time thereafter.

  7. Oh… leave it to the hapless jets to ever stive for attention.
    Can’t wait to see that exciting Rex & Tony offence. Over/under on scoring 200 point for the season.

  8. This whole thing is looking more and more like the circus we all suspected it would be.
    A desperate team.
    Buried by the division foe they keep telling us they’re going to conquer.
    And more importantly, the NFC team it shares a city and a stadium with.

  9. it’s actually a good idea. they should also make him hold for FGs. Heck let’s be honest they should play him anywhere as long as he doesn’t have to throw the ball (maybe let him have 2-3 throws a game from wild cat to keep Ds honest, and maybe once or twice from punt/FG/2pt conversion here and there)… that’s how he is most effective

  10. This is so incredibly dumb. 99% of the time fake punts work is because of the element of surprise. You lose all surprise when Tebow comes in on punts.

  11. “The Jets appear to be ready to let him prove it in a variety of roles this season.”

    Will they also try him at safety?

  12. “try a pass”

    How many plays do they have to come up with to get Tim to throw the ball at the receivers feet?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s a great guy trapped in a horrible players body. Good for the Jets.

  13. wow….you clowns will all eat your words. the jets will make this work, bigtime…and you’ll go back to wishing colt mccoy and tarvaris jackosn weren’t on your team

  14. Putting him on the punt team is just a setup so Rex Ryan can get a look at Tebow’s feet.

  15. Have fun now haters, Tebow is going to rock your world this season and you can expect him to be the starting QB no later than week 3.

  16. Y’all can hate, I’m an Eagles fan, but I’m excited to see what he can do. He has always been fun to watch

  17. All you retarded Tebow haters are missing the whole point of why the Jets are wisely going to use him on the punt team & maybe the FG team. Every time he’s out there, the defense is going to be looking for him to do a fake, thus taking their concentration & efforts away from properly covering the kicks, thus giving the Jets an advantage every time he’s out there. Plus, everytime I see a bad snap to a FG holder, I think: Man, I wish they’d put someone out there that could do something with the ball in the event of a bad snap. Tebow can.
    I’d gladly trade a 4th round pick for that.
    I’m sure Rex Ryan was thinking about this kind of stuff as he watched Tebow almost singlehandedly come back to beat his Jets last year.
    When you look back at the 2 seasons the Jets made it all the way to the AFCCG with Sanchez, the 2 constants from those 2 seasons were a strong running game, & the presence of Brad Smith along with his threat to run, pass, or receive the ball effectively from the Wildcat & other positions. Boy, almost sounds like the way Tony Sparano has said he’s planning to use Tebow in the offense, huh?
    Tebow doesn’t have to be “Just” a QB to be successfull, or even worth “Just” a 4th round pick.
    Whether any of you anti-Christian Tebow-hating zealots like it or not, Tebow is effective at leading & winning, no matter what his personal stats are.
    Tebow won 1 more playoff game than 24 other “Just” QB’s last year.

  18. Seems tactical/executional instead of strategic.

    The Jets are probably more than a few tactics away from contending in their division.

    If half of the fake punts don’t work, imagine the field position damage that would cause. Wouldn’t that effect be much more damaging on the scoreboard than the positive effect of converting a few 4th downs at mid-field?

    Yikes.
    .

  19. In Denver Tebow was adamant that he would not play any position other then QB.

    Now in NY all the talk is how he is a “football” player and he’s “excited” to help the team anyway he can.

    I believe this story is yet another smokescreen for draft week.
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    NO, he didn’t say he wouldn’t play any other position. He just always reiterated the fact that he is a QB. If you watched the Bronco’s games you would know that early in the season they put him in as WR for a few snaps each game.

  20. Can you imagine all the press this team would get if they actually won a Super Bowl within the last four decades?

  21. line him up at WR, H-B, joker TE, fullback, whatever. He’ll bring a lot of attention his way, because the defense will smell sh!t and it will open it up for the others. He can do it. He’s as fast as some TE’s out there and can run with the ball

  22. This is all just a bunch of garbage… He will be the starting QB by week 6… They can talk all this nonsense, but they brought him in here to take the job from Sanchez, plain and simple.

  23. The idea sounds good on paper. Problem is Jets won’t be in punt formation too many times.
    Still an awesome player for a 4th rounder.

  24. Lord,

    Forgive all the nay-sayers for they know not what they are talking about!

    Amen

    Tim Tebow

  25. The joke will be on the Jets when they figure out that Tebow can’t tackle. Putting a Punter and a QB on coverage teams together … BRILLIANT!

  26. Whatever, the less snaps he takes from Sanchez, the happier I’ll be. The Jets front office said he would occasionally play halfback and fullback as well. He’s an interesting player with a lot of athleticism , so to borrow a phrase, “this is so crazy it just might work!”

  27. raiderhater719 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 1:38 PM
    Tebow is loving all you haters! None of you could walk a mile in his shoes

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    You are correct! I cannot walk on water like he does!

  28. Tebow finally gets a job he’s qualified for… standing there and not getting the ball…

  29. The role would be great if he wasn’t the “Backup QB”. I hate Tebum, he’s totally overrated. But if he was really brought in to be the back up, it would be foolish to put him out there on special teams where he could get hurt. Then they’ll be looking for another back up.

  30. To @jluns275: I wanted to read your post but it was just too dang long. I wasn’t committed enough. The best way to get people to read your post is to keep it short, or at least short-er! Plus it was so much text I felt like you were one of the Tebow fanatics trying to convince the world of something they just don’t believe….

  31. Hey Josh, the next time PFT makes some kind of a dig at Tebow for all the overhype and publicity he gets, try remembering all the silly articles you guys keep writing about him and how you guys are one of the worst when it comes to constantly writing non-stories about him.

  32. Sanchez hears footsteps in his dreams and is as acurate as a Mac-10 in the hands of Micheal J Fox, while Tebow is half as acurate as he is. Rex better polish up that resume…

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