When the Jets cut quarterback Tim Tebow after the draft, the Patriots became the most obvious destination. After all, the man who drafted Tebow in Denver (Josh McDaniels) serves at New England’s offensive coordinator, and the man who coached Tebow to a Heisman (Urban Meyer) is a good friend of coach Bill Belichick’s.
The notion of Tebow playing for the team that twice blew out his Broncos in 2011 shattered last month, when Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reported that Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player. (Silver tells PFT he’ll be weighing in soon via a column.)
But it’s still not clear what Tebow will be doing. All signs point to Tebow playing quarterback, especially with the Pats cutting Mike Kafka. But Tebow never will play quarterback in a game, unless and until Tom Brady suffers another torn ACL or other similar injury and backup Ryan Mallett does the same.
At a minimum, Tebow will get to work with McDaniels and the rest of the offensive staff, with the goal of helping Tebow get the most out of his natural abilities. And he will be able to serve as the scout-team quarterback when the Patriots face a team with a mobile quarterback — although the 2013 schedule isn’t exactly littered with them.
Still, having Tebow play quarterback doesn’t mean he won’t do other things. In New England, tight ends play receiver and receivers play running back and running backs play receivers and they’re all interchangeable at times. With Brady never leaving the field, surely the Pats will find a way to use Tebow.
Especially when playing the Broncos. Or the Jets.