Tebow gets reps on punt team, looks shaky at quarterback at OTAs

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Members of the New York media got their first look at Tim Tebow on the Jets’ practice field at today’s Organized Team Activities, and the general consensus is that as a quarterback, he’s one heck of a punt protector.

The Tebow obsession might have gotten a little bit out of control when some of the Jets beat writers were offering up live Twitter updates of Tebow’s interceptions during 7-on-7 drills, but those interceptions led to the general consensus that Tebow is having some growing pains in learning the Jets’ offense, and that he didn’t look as good passing the ball as Mark Sanchez.

It’s definitely frustrating,” Tebow said of throwing two interceptions. “But it’s 7-on-7. Those plays . . . were the first time I ran them. So I’ll learn from it. Honestly, it won’t bother me again. When you make the bad play, you got to put it behind you and move on. I felt like I did.”

Tebow also got reps on the punt team, where the Jets plan to use him as the personal protector, and he seems fine there, to the extent that you can tell anything about a guy’s ability to be a personal protector on the punt team when they’re practicing in shorts in May.

53 responses to “Tebow gets reps on punt team, looks shaky at quarterback at OTAs

  1. Every back up QB in the NFL has to love Tebow, he gets more publicity than many starting QB’s. They know their time may come. When is the sports media going to put every thing this BACK UP QB to rest. Gee he threw two interceptions , oh how happy I am.

  2. “and that he didn’t look as good passing the ball as Mark Sanchez”…

    Holy crap, talk about setting the bar low and STILL not getting over it.

  3. “Holy crap, talk about setting the bar low and STILL not getting over it.”

    Come on. Mark Sanchez is not nearly as bad as you… bizarre haters want to pretend he is. He didn’t go to the AFC Championship twice by accident. Feel free to criticize, but make sure what you’re saying has some relation to actual events and circumstances on the planet Earth at some point in the documented past.

  4. I remember a story a couple of weeks ago stating Jets WR said he was throwing great…..mmmk if your a midget who runs 3 yard and out routes or quick slants or the go route with no one deep. That’s all this guys got. He can run and has heart but he’s a terrible passing quarterback.

  5. I have never in all my years watching the NFL seen a guy more under the scope and reviewed as much as Tebow. Its OTA’s and his first time running the system…let the man be and let him learn the system

  6. I bet he excels in “Tebow Time” drills. Set the game clocks to the fourth quarter and put the defense in prevent. He’ll make miracles happen.

  7. Since I’m all about being positive, I will give Tebow some credit: his throwing motion has improved. Now he needs to work on his accuracy.

  8. Stephen A. Smith was right. The fix is in. Sanchez basically has to throw 400 yds/game, 4 TDs/game, and no TOs for him not to be benched. No icompletions either. People seem to be frustrated with Sanchez’s incompletions and they’re bringing in a guy that averages 46%.

  9. Yea well after practice he was still able to feed the team using only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

  10. Can Tebow catch the ball? Might make a nice H back.
    And let him return a few of those punts too.

  11. Can a rational, none bias person please explain to me how putting him on the punt team will work?

    90% of the time the reason a fake punt works is because of the element of surprise. Every single time Tebow is out there the defense will be ready for a fake punt. Sure maybe he will make a play that can get a first but catching the defense off guard it what really works.

  12. @savocabol1

    Tebow won’t be a situational punt protector- they’re gonna run him out there every punt. Block, fake, cover. He’s gonna do it all. Don’t be surprised if he returns a punt or two at some point with the jets. It’ll be a surprise because he’s gonna be out there for all punt plays, not just the fake punts.

  13. Thank the lord……Blaine Gabbert was a number 1 draft pick or Tebow nation would be setting up camp in Jacksonville. Thank you Shah for not showing up Gene and playing your trump card. I am a fan. I have season tickets. Isn’t that the new owners definition of a fan?

  14. At least Tim Tebow is finally on a team that is giving him some reps at QB! That is something that hasn’t happened in training camp since he came to the NFL & still has gotten his team to the play offs.

    I find it amazing the people that are tearing this guy down on his 1st day to have a training camp & in an entirely different offense for his 3rd season in a row!

  15. Wait so Mark Sanchez was 7-14 during the drills and Tebow was 6-8, and Sanchez looked better? Hmmmmm. Interceptions are never good but 6-8 doesnt sound too shaky

  16. “rinkman1 says:
    May 24, 2012 3:21 PM
    Thank the lord……Blaine Gabbert was a number 1 draft pick or Tebow nation would be setting up camp in Jacksonville. Thank you Shah for not showing up Gene and playing your trump card. I am a fan. I have season tickets. Isn’t that the new owners definition of a fan?”

    We shall see how Gabbert does this year but last year he was the worst starting qb in the league. That means worse than Tebow, also Tebow didn’t seem to be a scared little girl in the pocket.

  17. Disclaimer: I’m not a Tebow fan or hater.

    How many INTs would most starting QBs throw with Revis on the other side of the field at practice?

  18. If I were Tebow’s coach, I’d throw him in at Fullback/Halfback. Tebow can do one thing real well, and thats break tackles. Why not have him in there as a part time FB, taking the ball a few times throughout the game, running a couple of option plays, screens, some WildPlane plays? I guarantee the opposing D would have to account for him on every play, which would give plenty of opportunity to the other players throughout the game.

  19. Tebow is on his 3rd offense in three seasons. First day of OTA’s he goes 6-8. Not bad IMO, and he WILL get better. Purely as a passer, Tebow is better than Blaine Gabbert. Plus he will give you 800 rushing yards and 10 scores. Plus he’s a fantastic locker room presence. Plus he has a ton of upside. He just needs a team that will believe in him and give him a fair shot. He’s only started 16 games, after all. QB rating in those 16 games is higher than Sanchez’.

  20. You can tell it is off season when a 7 on 7 drill draws this much attention and a new QB throwing interceptions are an indication of anything other then it was a few practices into his learning curve and made a few mistakes! Yeesh

  21. Tim Tebow threw the Tebow pretty Tebow today. The weather was nice and Tebow so it was hard to Tebow. The media however, were Tebowing the Tebow out of the Tebow. I’m just curious as to whether or not Tebow can Tebow his way into the Tebows and get a chance at Tebowing.

  22. In other NFL news, the NFL Rules Committee has ruled that, In lieu of the standard fair catch signal, a returner may now indicate a fair catch by genuflecting and/or Tebowing.

  23. Also, I’d cut Tebow some slack when it comes to passing, as it must be very difficult to throw a football while suffering from stigmata.

  24. Just so we’re clear….we can make fun of his religion, but not the fact that he was home-schooled?

  25. Why does everyone think he’s a great runner? He’s good at breaking tackles for a QB but compare him to an actual fullback of TE and he’s not that physically impressive (and way more expensive in a lot of cases).

    Tebow should have been that gimmick QB drafted in the 7th round for some team to play around with. Josh McDaniels screwed up and we all are paying the price with the constant coverage.

  26. Just curious, can we go ahead and say that every inspirational quote he had with Denver is now considered the Old Testament and his new, NY Jets, quotes are the New Testament?

  27. Timmy is going to have a great year with his new team the NY JETS I see him passing for 4000 yrds and throwing. 28 rd passes and running for 12 TDs.

  28. Please give him a break, he’s done nothing to you! There is not one football player that is perfect and all he is doing is the thing he loves. I say there is a lot of jealousy out there!

  29. papabush88 says: May 24, 2012 6:59 PM

    @patmcrotch

    You mean, the NEW york JETSaments?

    ———————————

    Nah, to the rest of the league they are still the Not Yet Jerks.

  30. I get the feeling I could beat this guy out at a QB competition. Coming to New York will be the end to his career and confidence. Nail, meet hammer.

  31. Tebow and the Jets would have been much better served having Tebow work with a private QB coach – or one of the team’s coaches – during the offseason to improve his play, instead of chasing publicity.

  32. Tebow and the Jets would have been much better served having Tebow work with a private QB coach – or one of the team’s coaches – during the offseason to improve his play, instead of spending all his time chasing publicity.

  33. I’ve got Tebow-Lash. If I turn away from another stupid awful pointless story about this guy one more time I’m going on disability. Jets will be praying they never signed off on this human publicity stunt after 3 games.

    Welcome to arena football Tim, signed: T.O

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