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Patriots cut Tebow, keep Gronkowski on 53

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When it comes to tight ends, the Patriots are going to hang onto the hurt one, and get rid of the quarterback that looks like one.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have decided to release quarterback Tim Tebow, but they won’t place Rob Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list.

For Tebow, the move might represent his last chance to hang onto an NFL job, as he was brought in by his patron Josh McDaniels, and praised by both ownership and coaches. Ultimately, his struggles with throwing the football proved more than he could overcome.

The news on Gronkowski is good, although expected after they released all their spare tight ends yesterday.

PFT has also learned the Patriots have released defensive tackle Marcus Fortson.

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96 Responses to “Patriots cut Tebow, keep Gronkowski on 53”
  1. notoriousbri says: Aug 31, 2013 10:55 AM

    thank GOD =)

  2. mcjon22 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    God Bless

  3. toybkshr says: Aug 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    I thot Forston would stick, looks like they’ll be scanning the waiver wire for DT’s.

  4. achap39 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    See ya, Timmy. Maybe rugby would better suit your style of play anyway.

  5. breakingb says: Aug 31, 2013 10:58 AM

    Best of luck Tebow, at least you went out with a bang.

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Aug 31, 2013 10:58 AM

    God’s favorite Quarterback is Robert Griffin the 3rd. #RedskinsareGodsTeam

  7. elliottcovert says: Aug 31, 2013 10:58 AM

    So, is the argument against Tebow that he can’t play in the first three quarters of games and essentially got luck with the Broncos in 2011 and can’t keep it up over the course of more NFL games?

    I just want to be clear on that point, since I think the whole Tebow issue ceased to be an issue of his football abilities and turned into an emotional issue for a lot of people a long time ago.

  8. pekkle007 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:59 AM

    Tebow to Raiders, pls. I mean, what do we have to lose?

  9. upperdecker19 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:59 AM

    Well, he’ll always be an All-Pro on Christian Mingle

  10. tsizzlesucks says: Aug 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    Think of all the poor stiffs that spent money on this guy’s shirt!

  11. steelerconsensus says: Aug 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  12. purplengold says: Aug 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    Vikes need a fullback for a few games…

  13. themagicman1223 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:01 AM

    Inb4 CFL comments, Tebow will be horrible in the CFL. It’s a wider field and it’s much more of a passing league.

  14. steelerconsensus says: Aug 31, 2013 11:01 AM

    Hard to believe Tebow was taken with the 25th overall pick.

  15. fissels says: Aug 31, 2013 11:02 AM

    Is it CFL time?

  16. steelerconsensus says: Aug 31, 2013 11:02 AM

    Tebow to the Bills?

  17. bettis3636 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:02 AM

    The comments flood in… Time to hit ESPN College Game Day staff Tim!!

  18. Norseman says: Aug 31, 2013 11:03 AM

    God be praised!

  19. georgeoscarbluth says: Aug 31, 2013 11:03 AM

    And now millions of delusional fans will beg for their teams to just give Timmy a chance.

  20. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Aug 31, 2013 11:03 AM

    But I prayed so hard to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that he’d be the Patriots week 1 starter !!!!

  21. patriots123456 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    Sad to see him go…

    But based on performance alone, he just didn’t earn a spot…

  22. sschmiggles says: Aug 31, 2013 11:05 AM

    So, is the argument against Tebow that he can’t play in the first three quarters of games and essentially got luck with the Broncos in 2011 and can’t keep it up over the course of more NFL games?
    ______________________-

    No, the argument is that he can’t play in all four quarters and forces the defense to carry the offense for the majority of the game.

    And he can’t throw. He’s a great guy, but he’s not an NFL QB. I don’t understand why Tebow fans take that as an attack. I’m a great guy and I ain’t no NFL QB either.

  23. gotors says: Aug 31, 2013 11:06 AM

    wow, finally a reason to dislike the patriots

  24. patsbrat says: Aug 31, 2013 11:06 AM

    Too bad Timmy, you are truly a nice guy, and the way your NFL career finished seems to back that up.

  25. denverwally says: Aug 31, 2013 11:06 AM

    Watch out, they may bring him back after the first week so they do not have to guarantee his contract. That applies to a lot of the guys they cut, especially Fells.

  26. viguy007 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    And now he rides off into the sunset.

  27. jrebar88 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:10 AM

    HAHA, go cry in your corner Tebow fans. DB4L

  28. officialgame says: Aug 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    gotors says:
    Aug 31, 2013 11:06 AM
    wow, finally a reason to dislike the patriots

    You must be a slow learner.

  29. godofwine330 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:12 AM

    For the life of me I could not understand why he was still in the league. His arm is so scattershot it was a wonder how he hit anybody at all. He missed wide open guys, something that doesn’t happen often in the NFL, at least twice the other night.

    He looks bad in games and I can’t believe that he looks all that much better in practice. To have him on a preseason roster and not have let’s say a Troy Smith is ridiculous. Not saying that Troy Smith or someone like him is Joe Montana’s second coming, but Troy Smith can hit a receiver and Tim Tebow just can’t.

    I can’t see anybody picking him up. Not just because of the circus that comes along with him, but because he is a horrible quarterback.

  30. brokenjay says: Aug 31, 2013 11:14 AM

    Tebow may not have been able to make it as an NFL QB but he is the kind of person that will be a success in his post-NFL life and make a positive impact on the world.

  31. Patriot42 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:14 AM

    Why does the fact that a decent guy has been cut make some people happy?

  32. newjerseygiants says: Aug 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    BREAKING: Jets looking to resign Tebow.

  33. razzlejag says: Aug 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    The guy simply can’t play at the NFL level. Why can’t Tebowites understand that? The landscape is littered with those who couldn’t do it either.

  34. wnstonchill says: Aug 31, 2013 11:21 AM

    Wherever Tim Tebow winds up, football or outside of football, it’ll be in something that allows him to use his gifts in a big capacity. All the bashers…. he doesn’t need football to validate him. His actions have spoken louder than words ever will. He’s a class act who unlike most, has let nothing stop him from chasing a dream. Like him or not, we can all learn from his journey. You rock Tim!

  35. fordmandalay says: Aug 31, 2013 11:23 AM

    The 2010 QB class will go down in NFL history as including future HOFers as Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, John Skelton and Joe Webb. Truly a group for the ages.

  36. harry1941 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:28 AM

    I don’t need to worry about him going against my Jets. Tebow will make a good fulback. He should give up being a QB, and try something else.

  37. ksctychiefs says: Aug 31, 2013 11:30 AM

    stay loose tebow……the phone will ring before the season is over because,unfortunately,someone will get hurt somewhere,or something else will shake out,etc………..so stay in top shape!!…..plain and simple tebow is a football player,so he has to fit somewhere…….

  38. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:30 AM

    I just don’t get it. I mean, Skip Bayless is such a great judge of talent. Bayless, you might recall, is an ESPN speculator who insists that Aaron Rodgers stinks and that Tebow and Vince Young are sensational…
    How does Skippy keep his job? Shouldn’t professional speculators have to be right even just once in a while?

  39. jharmon64 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:31 AM

    I’m a little surprised being that I figured the Pats would not have signed him unless they really thought he’d make the team.

    Not NE like to bring in him with the drama unless they had a spot for him.

    Good luck Tim, hope you land somewhere else in the NFL.

  40. jaredo10 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:34 AM

    upperdeckor. that comment was classic. amen

  41. iowa02 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:35 AM

    Were there stories around that he would not accept transitioning to another position. It was quarterback or nothing. He has some skills, just not as quarterback. Is there not an agent, manager or recruiter telling him that this will be the best course in order to have longevity in the NFL.

  42. newjerseygiants says: Aug 31, 2013 11:36 AM

    I just don’t get it. I mean, Skip Bayless is such a great judge of talent. Bayless, you might recall, is an ESPN speculator who insists that Aaron Rodgers stinks and that Tebow and Vince Young are sensational…

    ______________________________

    A broken clock is more accurate than Skip Brainless. At least its right twice a day.

  43. descendency says: Aug 31, 2013 11:36 AM

    Still a better QB than Jimmy Clausen.

  44. nflpoker says: Aug 31, 2013 11:41 AM

    Unfortunately, ESPN and the NFL Network will begin their Tebow Watch, talking about teams who might be interested in him, IF ANY. Your on Skip Bayless.

  45. 1pwrightt says: Aug 31, 2013 11:42 AM

    “The 2010 QB class will go down in NFL history as including future HOFers as Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, John Skelton and Joe Webb. Truly a group for the ages”

    What a pathetic list. I wonder what team scouts were smoking that year.

  46. zombiepatriot says: Aug 31, 2013 11:43 AM

    But… but… he had that come from behind win against the Giants!

  47. AParsons says: Aug 31, 2013 11:46 AM

    I will miss the magic, but it was the right call.

  48. commonsensedude says: Aug 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    I didn’t have to look at the byline to see who wrote the article. I’ll bet Gantt was begging for the chance to break the news on Tebow.

    I know that there are a lot of people who are critical of Tebow’s QB skills, but, is it really something to break out the fireworks about? By the joyous reactions here, you’d think we got bin Laden again. Grow up.

  49. realdealsteel says: Aug 31, 2013 11:54 AM

    I’m glad to see the bum finally get what he deserved. He can’t play QB but instead of facing that reality like a man, he choose to run around and say, ” God is going to give me the power to win games”. When in reality, the Broncos overturned their defense that year and and a bunch of new starters, especially one named Von Miller kept Tebow in games so his ONE TD drive a game, stood up.

    Tebow can’t play QB. Could never read defenses and now he can go start that insurance company that he’s been needing to start. Because with the way he sells bull crap to people, he needs to put that skill to good use.

  50. bostoncommon says: Aug 31, 2013 11:58 AM

    “For Tebow, the move might represent his last chance to hang onto an NFL job, ….”

    Re-write that, Darin. That’s not what you meant. Sometimes you have to use a few more words to get intent across.

  51. raybguilty says: Aug 31, 2013 12:00 PM

    The real reason Tebow was brought in was
    to help Hernandez – he failed so he got cut.
    It was never about his QB ability… now they
    will have even more bad karma to deal with…

    Patriots trending downward.

  52. melikefootball says: Aug 31, 2013 12:00 PM

    At least when we had to hear about Farve year after year he could play, Tebow could not in especially in the NFL.

  53. sunzu717 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:02 PM

    Teeeeebow, ohhhhhhhhhhooo, Teeeeebow, ohhhhhhhhhooo!!

  54. FinFan68 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:04 PM

    Once he clears waivers, the Dolphins should think about signing him as a FB/emergency QB. Why not? At this point, he should be embracing whatever role he gets offered. He is a big guy, adds to the locker room, can run the ball up the middle and can fill the emergency QB role without wasting a roster slot on a guy that rarely will suit up.

  55. chiadam says: Aug 31, 2013 12:06 PM

    Now he can go back to Cambodia and help all the kids that Nike had on the payroll making Tebow gear.

  56. patsfan51 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:10 PM

    So it’s off to the seminary now for Brother Tebow. Even God couldn’t keep him in the NFL.

  57. jimr10 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:12 PM

    Both ESPN and NFL Network advertising a complete analysis… what, pray tell , is ther to anzlyze? Every time he farted there was hours devoted to it.. It is this kind of hype that has made so many people dislike him.. sad.. he is a great guy…

  58. mrsmell says: Aug 31, 2013 12:13 PM

    Its good to have hope in life. Its also good to realize your failures and build upon your strength. Timmy is not a NFL QB. Will never be. Tim is being taught by the best in the business to throw the ball and still grounds/overshoots the WR on a consistent basis. Is it considered to be arrogant if you cant see your flaws?

  59. thefiesty1 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    Good! Let this be the last time anyone hears from that guy. His REAL career (missionary work) can now officially begin. Bye, bye.

  60. metalhead65 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    so what time does the pft tebow is gone party start? deny all you want but I have never seen such a vendetta for one guy buy a site of any kind. you would think this guy was a mass murderer instead of a good christian man try to play his sport of choice.

  61. chiadam says: Aug 31, 2013 12:30 PM

    Does this mean the ESPN anchors will no longer sink to amazing lows and wear party hats on his birthday?? Even L-Coh??

  62. aldante66 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:31 PM

    Shocked. I wrongly posted everywhere that Tebow would stick because Kraft loved the guy. I wonder if there is someone they need or a position that must be filled via waivers and he was the 54th guy, odd man out.
    If nothing else having three QB’s would have been insurance. I did not think he would see the field but make the team yes.

    OH well I will slap myself silly over it. I did read one scout say he thought Tebow regressed over the years and was worse than when he first came into the league. That should have been my first clue.

  63. bubba703 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:33 PM

    Sounds like with Mr. Tebow, the lord taketh away just like Lucy did with the football Charlie Brown was about to kick.

  64. donnyfootball says: Aug 31, 2013 12:47 PM

    The celebration over him being cut is not because he is Christian. I am a christian, and Tim Tebow is not an NFL QB. The celebration is because finally we don’t have to hear about a bad football player who should have never even been drafted, let alone gone in the 1st round

  65. dqstrong says: Aug 31, 2013 12:55 PM

    @denverwally, sorry to tell you this, but the contract he signed was not guaranteed. Nice try though! At some point you Tebow lovers have to give up the ghost, the guy is not now, never was in the past, and never will be an NFL QB because he lacks the most important skill a QB should have, THE ABILITY TO THROW THE DAMNED FOOTBALL!

  66. vikestud says: Aug 31, 2013 12:55 PM

    I never understood the love for this no talent, is it because he loves Christ? FYI more people have died, been brutally murdered in the name of Christianity than any other religion or army since the beginning of time one earth, T blow just sucks

  67. ripster65 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:56 PM

    I still can’t believe how many of you suckers still respond to “logicalvoices”.

  68. slick50ks says: Aug 31, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jags.

    Soon.

    It was bound to happen.

  69. abninf says: Aug 31, 2013 1:10 PM

    steelerconsensus says:

    Hard to believe Tebow was taken with the 25th overall pick.
    ==================================

    Me too, steelerconsensus. Your team finds it hard to believe as well. Oh, wait………………..

  70. prouddaddy1223 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:12 PM

    I know it was too good to be true, but Bill honestly needs to cut Tom and bring in some new blood to the team at QB. Tim was a nice fit there in New England if given the right receivers and given the support that he needs he would be a far superior pick for the Patriots than what Brady was. Yes, I know that Tom has brought many Super Bowl wins and many Divisional play off wins, but face it after his knee surgery a few years back, that was it for his career, he has yet to come back strong. Almost like his talent for plays and standing strong in the pocket in the presence of defensive players. You all can criticize and critique me on my beliefs and opinions, but Tim is a younger QB who knows what he is doing in the NFL he just needs to stop be jostled around so much from team to team and actually have support other than us fans to back him up. FYI for a player to actually succeed, it doesn’t take natural born talent or an unparalleled skill level above others, it takes faith, support not just from the fans, but his coaches, trainers owners of the team that he is on, all the way down to the people he plays with called his team mates back in the locker room and even on the field.

  71. surfinbird1 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:15 PM

    Good luck Tim. The Pats gave him a fair shot.

  72. natijim235 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:18 PM

    wow – you would think the world ended – LMAO – not even a mention about the other pats cuts

  73. thetooloftools says: Aug 31, 2013 1:21 PM

    I was hoping someone would bring back the running qb. The ones they have know should wear dresses.

  74. denverdude7 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:52 PM

    UH-OH !!!!!!!

    The hooded one has gone and angered God.

    … Patriots headed for 8-8.

  75. dafern0560 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:54 PM

    Never understood what the hype about Tim Tebow ever was. A quarterback is supposed to, primarily accurately throw the football, and he couldn’t do that. Don’t understand why the Broncos ever wasted all that money on him. Maybe his pretty white boy appealed the masses that don’t really understand the game. I see him as a charlatan in one of those megachurches in the near future.

  76. TheWizard says: Aug 31, 2013 2:10 PM

    more people have died, been brutally murdered in the name of Christianit

    When was the most recent?

    There’s another religion in that business now.

  77. chargerdillon says: Aug 31, 2013 2:14 PM

    Nobody has proven more successful and been shafter more than Tebow.

    If a qb is judged on his wins and losses, there’s more than half the NFL that would do better RIGHT NOW with Tebow.

    You’re telling me he coulnd’t help the Jags win more games?

  78. jayniner says: Aug 31, 2013 2:27 PM

    Did Belichick just shoot himself in the foot after Robert Kraft said he really wanted to see Tebow make the roster?

  79. scdocal says: Aug 31, 2013 2:35 PM

    Tebow was brought in for Hernandez and now that there is no Hernandez there is no need to have tebow.

  80. whoopteedo says: Aug 31, 2013 2:40 PM

    Tebow has to choose between being a body-builder and being a quarterback. He’s too bulked to be a passer. There’s not another quarterback in the league playing with thick lats, tight shoulders and muscle-bound arms. That combination does not work for a smooth throw and accurate passing.

  81. jtfresh1 says: Aug 31, 2013 2:41 PM

    I would love to see the Buffalo Bills pick up Tebow and start him Week 1 against the Patriots….now THAT is a game I would watch!

  82. jagtiger says: Aug 31, 2013 2:50 PM

    I just hope that his mega church is in California. Jacksonville has enough demigods already.

  83. imodan says: Aug 31, 2013 2:50 PM

    jharmon64 says:
    Aug 31, 2013 11:31 AM
    I’m a little surprised being that I figured the Pats would not have signed him unless they really thought he’d make the team.

    Not NE like to bring in him with the drama unless they had a spot for him.

    Good luck Tim, hope you land somewhere else in the NFL.
    ————————————————————
    Drama? What drama? This was very NE like. They checked him out and cut his ass when they didn’t like what they saw. NE like indeed.

  84. imodan says: Aug 31, 2013 2:54 PM

    chargerdillon says:
    Aug 31, 2013 2:14 PM
    Nobody has proven more successful and been shafter more than Tebow.

    If a qb is judged on his wins and losses, there’s more than half the NFL that would do better RIGHT NOW with Tebow.

    You’re telling me he coulnd’t help the Jags win more games?
    ———————————————————–
    Kool-Aid meet chargerdillon, chargerdillon meet Kool-Aid. Keep drinkin kid.

  85. stainlessstill says: Aug 31, 2013 2:58 PM

    Me too, steelerconsensus. Your team finds it hard to believe as well. Oh, wait………………..

    ——————–

    In the NFL, flukes happen. Tim Tebow should send a dozen of roses and a Thank You card to Steelers headquarters for being so banged up in 2011. That fluke win in 2011 is the reason why Tebow lasted thing long anyhow.

  86. vaphinfan says: Aug 31, 2013 3:03 PM

    “Tim can you cheat to help us win?” “Sorry Bill I can’t do that.” This is how it probably went down.

  87. strokeytheclown says: Aug 31, 2013 3:14 PM

    Cue the two hour press conference for a backup QB. Geez

  88. dullaghans says: Aug 31, 2013 3:19 PM

    Most NFL observers realize he is a good person who cannot throw the football well enough to be an NFL quarterback. The reason people love him boils down to one word: If he called his god Allah instead of Jesus, the same people who support him now would hate him. If he said I put all my trust in Allah, or praise be to Allah after games, the same “Religious freedom” hypocrites would hate him.

  89. bighurt228 says: Aug 31, 2013 4:03 PM

    @aldante66
    Kudos for admitting you we’re wrong on the Tebow issue. We all hit or miss bro……..have a beer and chill !!

  90. saints4life57 says: Aug 31, 2013 4:04 PM

    And in real news……….

  91. fordmandalay says: Aug 31, 2013 4:19 PM

    Don’t worry, in 3 days Tebow’s career will be resurrected.

  92. andyisfat says: Aug 31, 2013 4:47 PM

    You mean the baby jesus and the ghost couldn’t save his job?

  93. woodssco says: Aug 31, 2013 4:57 PM

    Too bad he had to try out for such a pompous, arrogant team. I hope he ends up being the quarterback of a smaller market team, and then ends up owning the Patriots, Brady, and Bellichick, the same way my NY Giants do. The Patriots have yet to learn that pride comes before the fall. I think the Pats days are over and they will soon fall into oblivion as the laughing stock of the league that they once were.

  94. packergator says: Aug 31, 2013 7:55 PM

    I like Tim, and he helped my Gators win two national titles. But with his continued inaccuracy and INTs, when I hear him talk about his “dream” of being an NFL QB, I’m inclined to say “grow up.”

  95. jonevans83 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:30 PM

    Your gators never won anything, since… You don’t own a team. /boggle

  96. jollyjoker2 says: Sep 1, 2013 1:58 AM

    He has to figure it out quickly or he’s pretty much done. I am surprised that coaches cant see him as at least a back up. I mean, you have some real bad qb’s in the back half of the league that could use a guy to win a few games. Not everything is about throwing an 80 yrd spiral…Joe Montana couldn’t and he was fantastic and Jeff George could but couldn’t win. I don’t know. I think he has a spark a lot of guys don’t.

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