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Josh McDaniels downplays Tim Tebow catching passes

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When Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow caught some passes in training camp, it led to speculation that the Patriots were considering playing Tebow at running back or tight end. But Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said people read too much into that.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, McDaniels said the drill was really just designed to give Tebow some work on open-field running, which Tebow would do at times if he takes the field at quarterback.

“Anybody that is a potential runner, that can actually do something with the ball in his hands – something good – we always put them [in the drill],” McDaniels said. “I think Matt Cassel and [Doug] Flutie and some of those other guys that I’ve had a chance to coach, I think we did the same types of things with them. Again, certainly we know Tim has a skill set that some of these other guys don’t possess in terms of his ability to run with it, or scramble with it when he has it in his hands. He’s just practicing his open-field running [and] I know the defensive guys enjoy the challenge of trying to get him to the ground. I think it’s good for everybody and a normal procedure that we go through in training camp.”

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has declined to say whether Tebow could play any other position, but McDaniels seems to see Tebow as a quarterback.

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30 Responses to “Josh McDaniels downplays Tim Tebow catching passes”
  1. giantsfan64 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:04 AM

    He’s better than any of the Jets quarterbacks

  2. genaro1331 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:07 AM

    He should be practicing his exchange with the running back… They should even let him use his playbook during practice so he can’t mess up handing his playbook back to Bill when someone inevitably says… “Hey Tim, coach wants to see you… Bring your playbook.”

  3. MDSisAtool says: Jul 30, 2013 7:11 AM

    WHO CARES?! No 3rd string “winner” has ever gotten this much hype and there’s a reason for that.

  4. rutchaser says: Jul 30, 2013 7:17 AM

    I find it hard to believe Matt Cassel was running around catching passes.

  5. jetfan4life45 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:20 AM

    I can’t stand NY Giant fans.

  6. wryly1 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:46 AM

    Tebow is far betted suited for contributing to an NFL offense from the H-Back, FB, TE or Slot positions than as a passing QB.

  7. packerbackernj says: Jul 30, 2013 7:48 AM

    2017 in a land far far away, The Tim tebow and Josh McDaniels led patriots will still win the AFC East.

  8. jagsandliquor says: Jul 30, 2013 7:50 AM

    Maybe tebow finally came to his senses?

  9. cuda1234 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:51 AM

    How do you know he has better hands than Sanchez? That has to be what you mean because we all know Marc’s the better qb.

  10. vincentbojackson says: Jul 30, 2013 8:10 AM

    Not sure why the Pats are being so secretive about this. They’re clearly checking him out at other positions. Just admit it and move on.

    If catching passes is normal for QB’s in camp then how many pass routes did Tom Brady run yesterday?

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 30, 2013 8:14 AM

    Say what you want about Tim Tebow as a quarterback, but you can’t deny that a) the kid’s a winner and b)if you had to pick between him and Mark Sanchez to be the QB for your favorite team, you’d pick Tebow.

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 30, 2013 8:48 AM

    I was at camp last night. Tebow didn’t catch any passes. In fact the day that CBS Boston ran that story about him doing receiver drills there were 2 other camp reports (the Herald and ESPN Boston) that said he was just the ball carrier in an open field tackling drill for the defense. Neither of the other two sources made a big deal about Tebow’s involvement in the drill.

    Of course, expect the unexpected with BB and McDaniels.

  13. homelanddefense says: Jul 30, 2013 8:50 AM

    Ill tell you what he is going to be after training camp….a free agent.

  14. darrkkomens says: Jul 30, 2013 8:58 AM

    He’s better than any of the Jets quarterbacks
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    That’s the Stupid comment of the day. Do you even watch football?????

    You know anything that comes out the Patriots mouth is B.S. They’re not going to tell anyone how they plan on using him, and it won’t be a Quarterback. if that was they case he wouldn’t even make it past final cuts. Remember no one wanted him except Belichick. They plan on using Tim’s open field running ability alright. Catching passes out the backfield or at the TE position.

  15. tombradyswig says: Jul 30, 2013 9:04 AM

    I downplay anything Josh Mcdaniels says!!
    Cannot believe that idiot took timmy in the 1st round!!!

  16. troy10 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:12 AM

    It just still completely boggles my mind how many of you still think he’s an NFL quarterback. It’s like you guys don’t have eyes for yourself and can’t see him throw…
    Yes.. he does have other skills/qualities.. an NFL caliber QB is just not one of them.

  17. giantsfan64 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:20 AM

    cuda1234,
    We know Mark has better hands than Tebow. Marks hands have been on Kate Upton. At this point it does not matter if he can throw a football, He won’t Butt fumble Kate Upton…

  18. idothis2 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    giants fans are almost as idiotic and delusional Pats fans. at least the giants didn’t have a player that liked playing with guns. wait a minute…

  19. teejayss says: Jul 30, 2013 9:45 AM

    giantsfan64 .. hes better than any giants Qb as well, my friend.. anyone with half a brain knows the giants were flukes.. lol eli..closes his eyes and chucks it up.. howd the giants do last season, J.O.?

  20. richndc says: Jul 30, 2013 9:52 AM

    more of the “we’ll do things our way, anyone worried about it, can go to hell” attitude they always embody. Like bringing in known low character cats and pay them big$$$. it’s all working out awesome it seems. Haynesworth, Hernandez, the list goes on and on.

  21. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 30, 2013 9:54 AM

    you’d have to be in a mental institution to think that Tebow won’t be running & catching passes ..this guy is not an NFL QB, a reality that is even more glaring when standing next to the best NFL QB in history

  22. garyhd01 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:56 AM

    to vincentbojackson!! read the article mc daniels said other qbs with running ability have done these drills brady is clearly NOT a running threat and (accidently letting people see this) may do what the jets should have done last year force opposing defenses to spend a few minutes game planning for tebow just in case . any distraction diverted from concentrating on brady in the week leading up to the game is a plus for the pats whom I do not like by the way

  23. Ridley Me This says: Jul 30, 2013 10:05 AM

    richndc, I know facts are your enemy, but the Patriots didn’t give Haynesworth big money. They gave him a contract designed so they could cut him at any time.

    So in fact the list doesn’t go on and on, it starts and stops with Hernandez.

  24. dynaco says: Jul 30, 2013 10:08 AM

    All i want is a Tebow story with my popcorn!!!

  25. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2013 10:09 AM

    darrkkomens says:Jul 30, 2013 8:58 AM

    He’s better than any of the Jets quarterbacks
    ———————————————-

    That’s the Stupid comment of the day. Do you even watch football?????

    You know anything that comes out the Patriots mouth is B.S. They’re not going to tell anyone how they plan on using him, and it won’t be a Quarterback. if that was they case he wouldn’t even make it past final cuts. Remember no one wanted him except Belichick. They plan on using Tim’s open field running ability alright. Catching passes out the backfield or at the TE position.

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    No, I think he is literally better than any of the Jets QBs. Tebow sucks horribly and he probably won’t make the Patriots team, but he’s still better than any Jets QB. That makes sense to me.

  26. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2013 10:15 AM

    If I had to guess he could be used like Vrabel was used. Sparingly but effectively. Otherwise he will just be the third string QB. Tebow is trading off a possiblity of game time as a QB for learning under the best coach and QB combo of the era. The Patriots get someone who knows the read option and can run the scout team effectivly so the defense can stop the likes of Kaepernick, RG3, Wilson, etc. That is all there is to it. Tebow had no other good options. He’s just a back up.

  27. rhymeswithpunt says: Jul 30, 2013 10:23 AM

    Tebow must really suck if he can beat the Steelers in the playoffs. Pittsburgh will forever be cursed because of that.

  28. 737driver69 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:05 AM

    Timmy and his god messenger can go to …..where the sun don’t……..enough said

  29. sactogary says: Jul 30, 2013 11:49 AM

    MDSisAtool says: Jul 30, 2013 7:11 AM

    WHO CARES?! No 3rd string “winner” has ever gotten this much hype and there’s a reason for that.
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    What other young 3rd string QB has a winning NFL record, a playoff victory, and franchise records to his credit?

  30. nflfan1326 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    McDaniels is right. Tebow “possesses a skill set that no one else does.” He’s probably never seen anyone throw it like that before.

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