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Tebow doing some non-QB drills in practice

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If Patriots coach Bill Belichick truly wants to “move on,” from the Aaron Hernandez talk, he has figured out an effective solution.

More Tebow.

Belichick mentioned this morning that Tim Tebow wasn’t locked into playing quarterback exclusively, saying: “we’ll use Tim where ever we feel like is best for the team.”

And once practice started, that was proven true.

According to multiple tweets from reporters on the scene, Tebow was catching some passes in addition to his quarterback reps, and lining up with backs and receivers in another drill.

There were no reports of Tom Brady catching passes.

The Patriots are running short enough for targets in the passing game that anything might help.

But using Tebow as a good old-fashioned distraction might be his most valuable role at the moment.

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  1. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    How many times did he go to the bathroom?

  2. ravennole says: Jul 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Tom Brady is still an unbelievable player but his only weapon has had 3 offseason surgeries. For the first time since Brady took over, they might have to rely on some trick plays and be creative to put points on the board consistently.

  3. floratiotime says: Jul 26, 2013 10:53 AM

    Doing exactly what the Jets should have done last year.

  4. juke1220 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:54 AM

    Hope Tebow comes out and is a major contributor for the Pats. Good guy, solid work ethic and a winner.

  5. blacknole08 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:56 AM

    This isn’t a shock. Patriots love versatile players. They did use Julian Edelman at corner during their Super Bowl run a few years ago.

    Same with Troy Brown during their 04 run (lol he had like 3 INTs that season).

  6. detroitrollin22 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:57 AM

    Fantasy TE pick of the year: Tim Tebow

  7. greymares says: Jul 26, 2013 10:57 AM

    losangelesbillsofbuffalo says:
    Jul 26, 2013 10:52 AM
    How many times did he go to the bathroom?—————————————————————————————————————————————————just once but he didn’t wash his hands.

  8. dgreenfi says: Jul 26, 2013 10:58 AM

    Tebow is still in the league? You never hear about him anymore.

  9. bsreimer says: Jul 26, 2013 10:58 AM

    something about Timmy’s form looks hilarious

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:00 AM

    But using Tebow as a good old-fashioned distraction might be his most valuable role at the moment.
    ___________________________

    Lol he’s only a “distraction” because the media is being manipulated into focusing on Tebow by Belichick.

    I have this picture of sportswriters all over the US sitting at their desks with a spaced out Homer Simpson look on their faces, drooling and moaning “Tebow burgers, mmmmmmmmmmm”

    Meanwhile Belichick is chuckling to himself about how easy it is to get you guys to write about what he wants you to.

  11. MDSisAtool says: Jul 26, 2013 11:01 AM

    People keep blaming the Jets for not using Tebow as a TE but everyone seems to forget that their golden boy refused to play anywhere else but QB.

    In all honesty, no one outside of the hardcore college fans and hardcore Christians care about this guy.

  12. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 26, 2013 11:01 AM

    CIRCUS!

    I guess his role of keeping Hernandez in check is no longer needed.

  13. micknangold says: Jul 26, 2013 11:02 AM

    The Patriots aren’t going to need trick plays to score. They’re one of the best rushing offenses in the league. They’ll just run it more.

  14. steelbloggin says: Jul 26, 2013 11:03 AM

    On game day, he will be lining up at left end, of the bench

  15. jwcarlson says: Jul 26, 2013 11:04 AM

    greymares says:
    Jul 26, 2013 10:57 AM
    losangelesbillsofbuffalo says:
    Jul 26, 2013 10:52 AM
    How many times did he go to the bathroom?
    —————————————————————
    just once but he didn’t wash his hands.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That’s because Jesus washed his hands for him.

  16. fanofevilempire says: Jul 26, 2013 11:04 AM

    funny how Kraft and BB are singing the we were out of the country during the Hernandez arrests
    line, rather funny isn’t it.

  17. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 26, 2013 11:06 AM

    Tebow is always doing non-qb drills.

  18. elroyjetsson says: Jul 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    There were no reports of Tom Brady catching passes

    Great line Darin! snuck that right in there

  19. patriotinvasion says: Jul 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    I don’t care what anyone says. We have Tom Brady and aren’t relying on Tebow to put the ball in the air 25 times a game. I actually like him on the team for his size, smarts, and character.

    People act like he went 0-16 as a starter. He’s won way more games in this league than Ryan Mallet has, and he was one of the best college football players ever. If anyone can find a way to use him, it’s Bill Belichick.

  20. jagwires says: Jul 26, 2013 11:08 AM

    I can’t wait until this guy is out of the league it’s embarrassing the amount of attention he gets because of his religious beliefs.

  21. slashrancid says: Jul 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    He has risen.

  22. nananatman says: Jul 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    Interesting they picked him up before murdertron was arrested. Wonder what they knew before Lloyd was shot. It didn’t make sense to pick him up when they did but it makes sense now.

  23. mackie66 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:13 AM

    Ganett, you believe using the QB who took the broncos to the playoffs, as a distraction is the way to go? Have you ever watched an NFL game,,,or better yet, have you ever played the game?

  24. kacapaco says: Jul 26, 2013 11:17 AM

    I knew pats will use TT for their benefits, of course unlike Jets. There is nothing better than Tim to take away AH drama attention.

  25. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 26, 2013 11:22 AM

    Look at that form! Was he practicing his jump pass?

  26. whatnojets says: Jul 26, 2013 11:24 AM

    What you see now is not what you will get later!

  27. tformation says: Jul 26, 2013 11:26 AM

    Belicheck really is a genius! Well played, sir!

  28. michaelskakel says: Jul 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    People keep blaming the Jets for not using Tebow as a TE but everyone seems to forget that their golden boy refused to play anywhere else but QB.

    In all honesty, no one outside of the hardcore college fans and hardcore Christians care about this guy.
    ________________________________________________

    I guess you just “forgot” about the golden boy who “refused to play anywhere else but QB” lining up as a freaking punt protector.

  29. phinfan says: Jul 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    Toms non qb drill was fetching toliet paper for Gisele Bundchen

  30. kdub79 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    “There were no reports of Tom Brady catching passes.”

    That’s weird, he sure seems like more of the catcher than the pitcher.

  31. i, flounder says: Jul 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    the only good use for tebow is for him to keep brady from getting hit by running the sneak for him on third and inches.

  32. buffcafe says: Jul 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    micknangold says:
    Jul 26, 2013 11:02 AM

    The Patriots aren’t going to need trick plays to score. They’re one of the best rushing offenses in the league. They’ll just run it more.

    ____________________________

    Yes, they were one of the top rushing offenses, but that was only while they had one of the scariest passing games. That makes it easier. They go hand in hand. Might not be so easy anymore…

  33. hanifmiller says: Jul 26, 2013 11:32 AM

    I dont think this will happen but how bad will the Jets look if Tebow becomes a consistent contributor for the Patriots.

  34. Patriot42 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:33 AM

    Since he now on a team with coaches with common sense and fans that can appreciate his talents he will excel. Where ever they put him he will give 100% and will not be a distraction as in the past.

  35. rex1979 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:42 AM

    Effortless throwing motion. Best in the league.

  36. pacopicopiedra says: Jul 26, 2013 11:50 AM

    Tebow sux.

  37. deliveredbysherpa says: Jul 26, 2013 11:53 AM

    the only good use for tebow is for him to keep brady from getting hit by running the sneak for him on third and inches.

    _____________________

    Um, except Tom is also one of the best at QB sneaks, so, nope… that won’t work. Tim will come in as a fullback/TE and block and occasionally catch. He’ll gain a little value and then be traded to Jacksonville when the time is right for a 3rd or 4th rounder. (Just a guess.)

  38. 1historian says: Jul 26, 2013 11:54 AM

    Harrisonhits2;

    Your 11 a.m. post – good one. Belichik has always struck me as having a mild contempt for the press, not unlike Bob Knight and a few others – he always seems to have an “I’m Bill Belichik and you’re not” look on his face, and that’s fine.

    And in most cases his contempt for the press is well and truly earned.

    The (my) Patriots do seem to have a few problems this year, but if there is anyone who can deal with them, it is Bill Belichik. It doesn’t hurt of course to have Tom Brady as a QB.

    We’ll be fine

  39. patriotenvy says: Jul 26, 2013 11:56 AM

    The Patriots are running short on passing targets? way to write off players before they get a chance to prove themselves.

  40. MDSisAtool says: Jul 26, 2013 12:01 PM

    patriotinvasion says: Jul 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    I don’t care what anyone says. We have Tom Brady and aren’t relying on Tebow to put the ball in the air 25 times a game.
    ————————————————————-

    You play for the Patriots? It’s awesome that a player can come onto a football site to say what “we” are doing.

    Tebow is a joke.

  41. MDSisAtool says: Jul 26, 2013 12:03 PM

    juke1220 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:54 AM

    Hope Tebow comes out and is a major contributor for the Pats. Good guy, solid work ethic and a winner.
    —————————————————————-

    College wins don’t mean much in the NFL and he rode that Broncos defense and Marion Barber’s 4th quarter blunders into the playoffs. Not sure how he is a “winner” at this level.

  42. ccjcsr says: Jul 26, 2013 12:08 PM

    Goaline QB for the Pats

  43. kwgator says: Jul 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    MDSisAtool says:
    Jul 26, 2013 12:03 PM
    juke1220 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:54 AM

    Hope Tebow comes out and is a major contributor for the Pats. Good guy, solid work ethic and a winner.
    —————————————————————-

    College wins don’t mean much in the NFL and he rode that Broncos defense and Marion Barber’s 4th quarter blunders into the playoffs. Not sure how he is a “winner” at this level.

    The Broncos D was ranked 24th in 2011 ….. Tebow turned that team around

  44. eldarknight says: Jul 26, 2013 12:13 PM

    Training camp does not a receiver or tight end make. There are years of learning body position and footwork. This is especially true for a tight end. So no, he will not be a tight end unless the pats truly are desperate. And given the improvement in the rest of the division they may be starting to think it is close to desperation time. After all, Brady is on the downside of his career in the nfl.

  45. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    MDSisAtool says:
    Jul 26, 2013 12:03 PM
    Not sure how he is a “winner” at this level.
    ______________________

    I’m no Tebow fan but he has as many playoff wins as Alex Smith, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, and Jay Cutler.

    He has more playoff wins as a Bronco than Manning….

    Again I’m no Tebow fan, and I agree with you wholeheartedly I just like pointing out other QBs futility… :/

  46. seaochickens says: Jul 26, 2013 12:18 PM

    Patriots way of diverting Hernandez questions might mimic a Salt & Pepa song:

    Let’s talk about Tim Tebow
    Let’s talk about QB and TE
    Let’s talk about all the good things
    And not the bad things that may be
    Let’s talk about Tim

  47. CKL says: Jul 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    hanifmiller says: Jul 26, 2013 11:32 AM

    I dont think this will happen but how bad will the Jets look if Tebow becomes a consistent contributor for the Patriots.
    ___________________________________
    I’m a Pats fan but I am not sure I believe this. Yes I think the NYJ probably didn’t have the best plan in place for him or possibly all the people who needed to be on the same page on bringing him in weren’t hence what we saw last year. That said, just because a player looks meh one place and great in another doesn’t mean the first team did anything wrong. Sometimes players just fit better elsewhere.

  48. shayeezy says: Jul 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    didn’t take them long to realize he can’t play QB

  49. dirtybird28 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    It’s ironic that Tebow could be used as the distraction from Hernandez, when initially they wanted no Tebow distractions at all. ‘Guess it all works out.

  50. shayeezy says: Jul 26, 2013 12:30 PM

    also, lol @ tebow being a legitimate passing target. the guy has stone hands and zero natural pass-catching ability.

  51. descendency says: Jul 26, 2013 12:31 PM

    I would prefer they choose one thing and let him master that instead of playing him at a few spots that he never gets good at any of them.

  52. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:34 PM

    8to80:
    Until quarterbacks play offense, defense, special teams and do some coaching, your theory is severely flawed.
    I still can’t get used to the fact that their those among fans and media who attach personal w/l records onto quarterbacks in the Ultimate Team Sport. To do so is totally inaccurate and unacceptable.
    Vince Young: 31-19.
    Dan Marino: 0 Super Bowl rings.
    Sorry to burst your quarterback-obsessive bubble.

  53. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 26, 2013 12:37 PM

    CKL says: I’m a Pats fan but I am not sure I believe this. Yes I think the NYJ probably didn’t have the best plan in place for him or possibly all the people who needed to be on the same page on bringing him in weren’t hence what we saw last year. That said, just because a player looks meh one place and great in another doesn’t mean the first team did anything wrong. Sometimes players just fit better elsewhere.

    ***************

    Like trading for a player that doesn’t fit??

  54. bobcrs says: Jul 26, 2013 12:39 PM

    What did he have for breakfast yesterday?

  55. patriotinvasion says: Jul 26, 2013 12:39 PM

    How many times have the Pats been in shotgun with 3 wide on 3rd and goal from the 4? Put Tebow in that Kevin Faulk role next to Brady and even the threat of a direct snap to him could be enough to cause LB’s to hesitate in coverage on Gronk or Amendola. I don’t see why people don’t get this as being a good thing.

  56. mikebrownfaux says: Jul 26, 2013 12:49 PM

    I would think putting him in at RB would be the wisest for trickery… “Sweep right, option half back pass on Amen… Break!”

  57. edawg7l says: Jul 26, 2013 12:49 PM

    You mean to tell me that throwing the ball, in the picture, is a “non-QB” drill?

  58. chiadam says: Jul 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    He looks like a righty trying to throw with his left arm.

  59. MDSisAtool says: Jul 26, 2013 12:57 PM

    michaelskakel says: Jul 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    People keep blaming the Jets for not using Tebow as a TE but everyone seems to forget that their golden boy refused to play anywhere else but QB.

    In all honesty, no one outside of the hardcore college fans and hardcore Christians care about this guy.
    ________________________________________________

    I guess you just “forgot” about the golden boy who “refused to play anywhere else but QB” lining up as a freaking punt protector.
    ——————————————————————

    He was used as a “freaking” decoy. The idea was to make teams think that they could run a fake. Come on genius, step up.

  60. MDSisAtool says: Jul 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    kwgator says: Jul 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    The Broncos D was ranked 24th in 2011 ….. Tebow turned that team around
    ————————————————————-

    Valid point but that doesn’t change the fact that if Marion Barber doesn’t make 2 bonehead plays, Tebow has as many playoff wins as Koy Detmer.

  61. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:03 PM

    @1historian,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I think the Pats will be fine too and win the division again.

    Belichick has the troops well under control. Nobody’s talking anything but football and that’s how it will stay no matter how many times the media ask about Hernandez.

    I see Belichick using this situation to drive the team forwards as a cohesive, close unit that is focused on football and not the media.

  62. greyhawk9 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:11 PM

    I wish Tebow the best of luck in NE. I hope the dude finds his niche

  63. nobby821 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    Is that Timmy back pedaling and catching a pass one handed? Impressive.

  64. mgfred says: Jul 26, 2013 1:31 PM

    Any coincidence Tebow wears Paul Hornung’s #5 for the Patriots?

  65. michaelskakel says: Jul 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    MDSisAtool says:
    Jul 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    He was used as a “freaking” decoy. The idea was to make teams think that they could run a fake. Come on genius, step up.
    ________________________________________________

    How is that relevant? You said he “refused to play anywhere else but QB” and I provided an example of him playing somewhere other than QB. Not sure what point you are trying to make. Are you saying he refused to play some TE or FB on offense but had no problem covering punts (which is something he did in fact do)? You’re being foolish.

  66. clarkwgrizz says: Jul 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    Nice picture choice to go with this headline.

  67. larry321 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    So after 15 years playing QB, he’s going to learn how to be a TE? I’m sure his technique and route running will be superb.

    And to those harping on playoff wins, keep in mind that Mark Sanchez has more wins than Romo, Ryan, Rivers, Shaub, and yes, Tebow. Shows how much that means.

  68. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Tebow shown making a great one handed, fingertip catch.

  69. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    Seriously, though, I think he would make a great H back. Until he gets a chance to show that he would make a great Q back, at least.

  70. ravensmike410 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    jagwires said:

    “I can’t wait until this guy is out of the league it’s embarrassing the amount of attention he gets because of his religious beliefs.”

    To that I say:

    It’s embarrassing the amount of hatred he gets because of his religious beliefs.

  71. avanderlay says: Jul 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    his mechanics look perfectly normal there……..

  72. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    Would anyone put it past Coach Belichick to come out week 1, have a designed pass to Tebow somewhere in the first series, and then just let the rest of the league live in fear of it for the rest of the year?

  73. mancave001 says: Jul 26, 2013 3:17 PM

    Tebow at TE might make Gronk look average. I’m serious.

  74. j0esixpack says: Jul 26, 2013 3:24 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says: Would anyone put it past Coach Belichick to come out week 1, have a designed pass to Tebow somewhere in the first series, and then just let the rest of the league live in fear of it for the rest of the year?

    ————————

    That’s exactly the type of thing he would do

    They’re not taking the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands – but Belichick has also run a fair amount of trick plays even before Tebow was on the team. There’s no reason to think he won’t do so now that he’s got Tebow.

    Belihck has successfully used LBs as goal line TEs, and WRs at CB. So everyone knows that Belichick, unlike Wrecks Ryan, has the balls to actually use Tebow to open up the field for Brady

  75. brazzz01 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:44 PM

    Tebow is obviously helping the Patriots cheat again. And I thought he had morals….

  76. sixnineoffs says: Jul 26, 2013 11:02 PM

    Wow. I have seen kids that rode the short bus with a better throwing football motion.

    That’s not a very flattering picture.

  77. lakermetskins says: Jul 27, 2013 12:25 AM

    Tebow= 675 yards and 8 rushing tds

  78. chlstn says: Jul 27, 2013 8:43 AM

    Tebow will be fine. Belichick will make a good position player out of him. All I want is for Tebow to be instrumental in beating the Dolphins and the Jets.

  79. flastrat says: Jul 29, 2013 12:02 PM

    I attended Saturday’s Training Camp. I used to think that Tebow could be a QB, somewhere (not here because of Brady). But, he was terrible in his reps. He threw the ball into the ground TWICE as if his hands were too small to hold the ball!

    As for tight end, there was a rookie named Zak Sudfield from Colorado, #44, who was tremendous! Look for him to get more TE time than Tebow. I realize there were no pads, so it’s a bit meaningless. But, Zak is 6’6″, 260 pounds, was alway getting open and never dropped the ball!!!

    Zak for TE! It will be interesting to see where Tebow’s talents are … run-blocking TE?, can he catch the ball? can he line up as a RB? Could be!

  80. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 11:39 PM

    There is nothing Tebow can’t do. When Tebow does a push up, he isn’t lifting himself up. He is pushing the earth down.

    Tebow the man!

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