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Tebow fake punt gives Jets offense a little spark

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You knew it was coming from the moment the Jets said that Tim Tebow would be the personal protector on the punt team and it finally came in the second quarter against the Dolphins.

With the Jets offense sputtering and facing a fourth-and-three from their own 25, the Jets snapped the ball directly to Tebow and picked up a first down as he ran the ball for five yards. It was Tebow’s first carry of the afternoon, although he’s seen plenty of snaps as an eligible receiver on the outside or in the backfield without ever having the ball thrown in his direction.

The conversion seemed to spark the sluggish Jets offense. Their best offensive play to that point in the game had been throwing the ball in the general direction of Santonio Holmes and hoping for a flag. It worked out twice, but the Jets didn’t actually complete a pass to Holmes until the play before Tebow’s fake. They picked up three first downs following the fake punt to move into scoring position. The drive stalled and the Jets had to settle for a field goal.

It was an ugly afternoon for the Jets offense until that drive as all the problems from last week in Pittsburgh. The defense has also had a hard time getting the Dolphins off the field in a first half that’s played out fairly well for the home team.

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14 Responses to “Tebow fake punt gives Jets offense a little spark”
  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 23, 2012 2:29 PM

    I think its McElroy time really.

  2. c0rona55 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    In a related story.. Tim Tebow throws left handed. Confirmed.

  3. achilles920 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Tebow, as soon as he’s done pushing tires in Vogue Magazine, is going to steal Sanchez’s job AND Desperate Housewife.

  4. davidcl77 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Tebow, Tebow!

  5. jhart615 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    Of course….5 yards from Tim Tebow requires a 4 paragraph article…

    He’s a backup quarterback and a punt protector…yet he gets media coverage like no other….

    Tebow is a good guy and a good competitor, but he’s absolutely ruined NFL football media coverage. He’s made it completely annoying, tiresome, and sometimes just unwatchable.

  6. blackngold4life says: Sep 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    How do the Dolphins not see it comming??

  7. peytonslucasoilstadium says: Sep 23, 2012 2:36 PM

    At least he did have to throw thank god!

  8. khuxford says: Sep 23, 2012 2:42 PM

    Here’s the deal, though: he licked his hand like he was prepping for a snap, which should have been a tell for the defense.

  9. scrotiemcb says: Sep 23, 2012 2:42 PM

    As a Broncos fan, I was pretty bullish on Tebow. Liked the dude, a little.

    But sweet sassy mollassy I’m so glad he’s gone.

    This story the perfect example. He runs five yards and gets a PFT headline.

    It drags a team down….

  10. ginuwin794 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:45 PM

    Yeah, drags them all the way to the playoffs….

  11. istateyourname says: Sep 23, 2012 3:07 PM

    It was an ugly afternoon for the Jets offense until that drive as all the problems from last week in Pittsburgh.

    I think that ugly sentence needs a spark…

  12. randomguy9999 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    5 yards is a good quarter from Tebow when he’s starting at QB, so that was a dynamite play….

  13. trinitydogs says: Sep 23, 2012 4:46 PM

    Tebow gets more attention because he is a better
    athlete than you, better looking than you and a better man than you.
    I hope Broncos have a terrible season b/c they gave up a good athlete! They never gave him a chance to use his versatile talents.

    I would rather hear about Tebow than all the slug athletes getting arrested for drugs, abuse to dogs and many other horrific things these NFL players get away with…

    GO TEBOW!

  14. peepeetoucher says: Sep 24, 2012 8:22 AM

    trinitydogs says: Sep 23, 2012 4:46 PM

    Tebow gets more attention because he is a better
    athlete than you, better looking than you and a better man than you.

    Sounds like someone has a man crush on Timothy Richard Tebow. If he was such a better athlete than us why can’t he throw the ball properly. That doesn’t matter though, he is very good looking so he clearly deserves all this attention from the media. Most overhyped player in NFL history.

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