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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.

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56 Responses to “Jets will use Tim Tebow on the punt team”
  1. jhart615 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:06 PM

    man…I wish my team would trade a 4th rounder for a punt protector!

    /sarcasm

  2. daysend564 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:06 PM

    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.
    =============================
    Thought this article was about a non-qb.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 24, 2012 12:07 PM

    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.

  4. dmartin17 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:07 PM

    This makes total sense. I heard Peyton Manning was going to be a gunner on the Broncos punt teams…

    Is he a QB or not Jets?

  5. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 24, 2012 12:07 PM

    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.

  6. duanethomas says: Apr 24, 2012 12:07 PM

    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!

  7. jcjets says: Apr 24, 2012 12:08 PM

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

  8. frankiemontana says: Apr 24, 2012 12:09 PM

    tebow,tebow,tebow

  9. bozosforall says: Apr 24, 2012 12:10 PM

    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.

  10. wtfchiefs says: Apr 24, 2012 12:11 PM

    Wow…..neato

  11. dspyank2k11 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:11 PM

    I hear they are also going to use him as a cheerleader on the flight crew as well as a mascot.

  12. cmtoma says: Apr 24, 2012 12:12 PM

    … and that is the reason he was seventh in NFL Network’s, Top 10 Heisman Winners in the NFL

  13. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 24, 2012 12:13 PM

    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.

  14. tinytim4115 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:13 PM

    so they traded a 4th round pick for a personal protector?…. well done, jets

  15. vegaskid21 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    Kordell Stewart Part II

  16. rc33 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:15 PM

    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.

  17. bjerols says: Apr 24, 2012 12:16 PM

    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

  18. savocabol1 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:16 PM

    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.

  19. fxws says: Apr 24, 2012 12:17 PM

    “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?

  20. YouGetTheHorns says: Apr 24, 2012 12:18 PM

    “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.

  21. jimjets says: Apr 24, 2012 12:25 PM

    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

  22. randomcommenter says: Apr 24, 2012 12:25 PM

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

  23. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 24, 2012 12:27 PM

    Love the idea of the holder for the kicker. Gotta admit, you’d have the defense wondering on nearly every kick.

  24. sj39 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:29 PM

    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.

  25. lionsdetroitcom says: Apr 24, 2012 12:37 PM

    I actually look forward to seeing that. Tebow IS a football player, just not a good QB.

  26. myvickinabox14 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:39 PM

    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

  27. wvphil7 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    Put him in a clown suit since he is a joke as a QB and he’s joined the Jets circus

  28. nycdf says: Apr 24, 2012 12:49 PM

    Don’t hate da playa, hate da game. Play on playa, play on!

  29. bigtunna says: Apr 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    Until week 5 when he’s the starting QB. Tomorrow on Days of Our Jets ….

  30. jluns275 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    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.

  31. packerfanfordecades says: Apr 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    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.
    .

  32. martylaughlin says: Apr 24, 2012 1:00 PM

    This is news worthy?? Punt team?? WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So sick of Tebow

  33. savocabol1 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:01 PM

    Jets fans are hilariously stupid.

  34. topgun1019 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:02 PM

    Based on the way Sanchez plays, the Jets will be able to use Tebow in this roll 7-8 times per game.

  35. schoolchoice2011 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:02 PM

    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.
    ————————————————-
    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.

  36. justasecond1 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:06 PM

    Sure, until the need a QB b/c the one they have – as they say – has left the building….

    Man, this is too good….

  37. east96st says: Apr 24, 2012 1:09 PM

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

  38. conormacleod says: Apr 24, 2012 1:16 PM

    Until week 2 when he’s sitting out with a concussion because somebody blind sided him on punt return. Horrible idea.

  39. psousa1 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:22 PM

    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

  40. primetime666 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:38 PM

    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.

  41. raiderhater719 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:38 PM

    Tebow is loving all you haters! None of you could walk a mile in his shoes

  42. dynaco says: Apr 24, 2012 1:45 PM

    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.

  43. whatnojets says: Apr 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    Lord,

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

    Amen

    Tim Tebow

  44. contract says: Apr 24, 2012 2:09 PM

    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!

  45. nyjalleffingday says: Apr 24, 2012 2:10 PM

    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!”

  46. whatnojets says: Apr 24, 2012 2:10 PM

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

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

  47. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 24, 2012 2:19 PM

    Sad to see a future Hall of Famer being treated with such disrespect.

  48. randomguy9999 says: Apr 24, 2012 4:11 PM

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

  49. mpjetsfan1031 says: Apr 24, 2012 4:38 PM

    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.

  50. davidcl77 says: Apr 24, 2012 4:41 PM

    Good job, jluns275. Right on, brother! Tebow will show them in September.

  51. tanna456 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:07 PM

    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….

  52. raidadon says: Apr 24, 2012 5:43 PM

    Romney/Tebow 2012!

  53. nobisoreal says: Apr 24, 2012 8:02 PM

    Why is everyone acting like the backup qb being the holder on field goals is a revolutionary idea?

  54. pdma7 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:02 PM

    Evolution of the NFL, following the long snapper, the dawn of the punt protector is upon us.

  55. ajg314 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:14 PM

    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.

  56. kingcarlbanks says: Apr 24, 2012 10:17 PM

    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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