Does Tim Tebow deserve an NFL roster spot?

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Tim Tebow last played in the NFL nine years ago. He’ll likely soon be a member of Jacksonville’s 90-man roster.

Should he be?

Tebow’s baseball career largely was a cash grab by the Mets organization. The Jaguars presumably will be doing the same thing, selling tickets and jerseys and generating interest in a player whose career has always been, with some exceptions, more about hype than reality.

It’s no knock on Tebow for wanting to do it. Surely, however, he’s not one of the best options to play tight end for the Jaguars, given that he’s never player tight end — and given that he last played in 2012. Since then, nine classes of college tight ends have graduated to the NFL.

The willingness of the Jaguars to burn an offseason roster spot, and possibly a regular-season roster spot (or at least a practice-squad placement), on Tebow makes sense. He’s popular. He’s beloved. And football is a business premised on getting people to devote their time and their money to following it.

Tebow is interesting. Whether he’s worthy doesn’t matter. Whether he’ll help the Jaguars actually win football games doesn’t matter, either.

He’ll help the Jaguars make money. He’ll help the Jaguars generate buzz. He’ll help the Jaguars find relevance. And he’ll do all three of those things far more effectively than nearly every other player on the team not named Trevor Lawrence.

It is a gimmick? Yep. Does it matter? Nope. Pro football is, as the league has described it in the past, the ultimate reality show. A Tebow return nearly a decade after he last played in a regular-season game will be as real as it gets for a league that churns through plenty of no-name players every year, but that never was willing to squeeze every last drop out of Tebowmania.

72 responses to “Does Tim Tebow deserve an NFL roster spot?

  1. The Jaguars owner, just like every other owner only cares about money and doing whatever will get them as much money as possible. The NFL is nothing more than entertainment!

  2. No one “deserves” anything in the NFL, everything is earned in the NFL. If he outperforms the other TEs on their roster then he’ll earn a spot.

  3. It does not matter what I think, but the question should be ask at the end of the season.

  4. It’s a business, he will at least sell many, many jerseys. Might even make a catch or two.

  5. The better question is whether Jaguars fans deserve to be subjected to this by greedy ownership. The answer is “no”

  6. A LOT of people in A LOT of jobs across the world do not deserve them. It truly is more about WHO a person knows than HOW MUCH a person knows.

  7. Why shouldn’t he be? There are barely any UDFAs available this year due to covid. Why not fill the last roster spot on the team with someone who’s proven himself to be a great guy and influence.

  8. Tebow was actually a victim of the hype the first time around. It’s hard to find a quarterback who rallied a sub-500 team to the playoffs in his first season as the starter and then lost his job.
    Teams didn’t like the “circus” that his popularity created.

    As to 2021, if his leadership helps the locker room, that could be worth a W or 2

  9. Congrats to Florio for typing an entire “NFL Comeback” column without once mentioning Kaepernick. CK7 should try to come back as a TE too!

  10. He’s years healthier than Gronk and really the same man. Bring Tebow back. I like football.

  11. It’s a QB league, and Urban Meyer came out of retirement to coach the best QB prospect to come out of college in the last 25 years, or maybe even ever. Lawrence is like LeBron James. Urban Meyer knows the importance of having a great locker room, and having some awesome role models. There might not be a better young man than Tim Tebow to have in your locker room. Urban Meyer is a very, very strong man. He’s in charge. Make no mistake about that. He has no fear. He’s going to do things his way, and he’s going to win super bowls. Tim Tebow will get his ring, and he will have earned it. Urban Meyer isn’t giving anything to anybody. Everyone has to earn what they get. I don’t know about this year, but soon Urban Meyer is going to have the advantage of having the best QB every game. That’s a heck of an advantage. Ask Bill Belichick.

  12. “Does Tim Tebow Deserve An NFL Roster Spot?”

    “Whether he’s worthy doesn’t matter. Whether he’ll help the Jaguars actually win football games doesn’t matter, either.”

    I mean, don’t ask us questions you have the answers to. :p

  13. Seems like a clown move by Meyer, akin to Al Davis forcing an ancient Jeff George on the Raiders’ coaching staff years ago.

  14. I’m no Tim Tebow fan, but I say what’s the big deal? He’ll be on the original 90-man roster. So? If he isn’t good enough and can’t stack up against the other players, he’ll simply be cut. Period. It won’t cost the Jags a thing to check it out. Those who are quick to jump at anything negative and say, “nope” have no clue. He’ll be able to make the team or if he can’t, he’ll be gone. Simple.

  15. It matters little in the grand scheme of things.

    Who’s he gonna replace in the roster? a no-name 4th string TE? may as well go for it if you’re the jags, due to the publicity and jersey sales benefits. This is in Florida after all, where he performed his “miracles” before and is revered.

  16. This may be a brilliant move by Urban Meyer. It has deflected all of the attention away from Trevor Lawrence and on to Tebow instead. Lawrence should benefit from this as he becomes acclimated to the brighter lights.

  17. Tebow is a hell of a football player, a hell of a nice guy, and yes, deserves his shot. I love the guy and always will. Rather watch him than most of the big mouth receivers today.

  18. By all means give “Sideshow Tim” a shot to make the team. If it doesn’t work out, has he tried basketball or hockey yet?

  19. Does Kaep deserve a second chance? He didn’t accomplish any more than Tebow and has been out of the game for years, but you never stop banging that drum.

  20. If they sign the check he deserves it. And don’t call him Shirley…

  21. Well if he makes the team they’ll only have to carry 2 qb’s into the season. Having him there for an emergency might be worth something.

  22. Looking for the chance to see Tebow cry on another Florida football field and for Meyer to eat some dominos in a stadium tunnel the day before he gets fired — Jags have turned into a total clown show —

  23. TEEEbow oOoOh TEEEbow oOoOh…the *chant* shall be resurrected…

  24. If he can beat out the his competition he deserves a spot. But not just by who he is.

  25. Soon with zero relevance left (like today) Tebow will be walking up to my bocce team at the park just hoping to get recognized. It’s a sad state when you think about it.

  26. I’m trying to figure out why people are so triggered by Tim Tebow. Never gotten in trouble off the field, super hard worker, a “yes ma’am, “no ma’am” type, earnest, honest, etc.

    Then I realized he wears his Christianity on his sleeve and there are a tremendous amount of anti-Christian bigots. Many on this site.

  27. I can see it now, Thursday Night Football in November: Tua vs Tebow skip ball passes made legal so we have a completion in the game!

  28. If Tebow goes into camp and outplays the other TEs on the roster then sure he deserves a roster spot. Short and simple answer

  29. This clown wont make the team! All the Tebow lovers will go crawling back into their holes.

  30. I was not aware we got a vote on who the Jaguars should hire. I honestly always just thought it was up to them. Who knew?

  31. How about we actually see if the guy can play TE first, before declaring it a cash grab? Coach Meyer knows Tebow better than anyone in the NFL. Clearly he thinks Tebow might bring something to the table. Didn’t everyone say “if only he’d switch positions, he’d be a star” back then? He’s only 33 with little mileage on the tires. He runs like a truck. Great athlete. Can also serve as emergency QB and run some trick plays. There’s potentially a lot to like.

  32. Belichick tried to get him to convert to TE, it was the real reason he got picked up. (It was not to compete with Brady for the starter job). And it was when he insisted he only wanted to be considered for the QB position that Belichick then cut him. But it really was a good idea given his physical gifts and skillset. Im glad if he is finally seeing that light but a shame it took this long. If he has the gas left I think he will do well with it, and if he doesn’t then que sera sera.

  33. It’s a steep mountain for him to climb to make the roster. Tebow is the type to answer the questions properly and try to deflect praise to his teammates but it’s got to burn a lot of these guys in the world who have worked to be an NFL TE and are on the bubble of earning one of those 90 roster spots. A solid reminder that even on the back end of a roster, it’s still a business.

  34. Cue the Kaepernick fans saying that he deserves another shot in 5,4,3,2,1

  35. stairwayto7 says:
    May 11, 2021 at 12:12 am
    This clown wont make the team! All the Tebow lovers will go crawling back into their holes.

    So tell us all who do you love ?

  36. No … he doesn’t. He didn’t deserve the minor league roster spot the Mets gave him either. He was given a chance, in fact he was given FOUR CHANCES. His own personal arrogance cost him an NFL career because he refused to change positions, it was his choice. How many people reading this would do almost anything for a shot at the NFL? He decided he was above the NFL… and no he doesn’t deserve shot #5. If he was serious he would have offered to be a Taysom Hill type player 10 years ago with the Broncos…. again he thought he was too good for this.

  37. Glad to see Tim get the opportunity. He always works hard for what he earns. The only bad side is that the media jerks will use this opportunity to atack him and his personal value choices. It always seeems that those who have little attack those who do just to tear them down.

  38. ronnielottsfingertip says:
    May 10, 2021 at 9:09 pm
    He’s years healthier than Gronk and really the same man. Bring Tebow back. I like football.

    ——————
    I’m sorry are you comparing a guy who never played the position to one of the best ever?

    And no they aren’t the same guy. Gronk weighs more, is faster and has blocked someone in his life.

    This is a sham and it’s taking away the opportunity for a legit TE

  39. “Deserve” doesn’t enter the equasion at first. The only question is “Can Tebow earn a spot on the Jags as a TE?” If that answer is “yes”, he then “deserves” a spot on the roster. If it’s “no” then obviously he doesn’t. It’ll be interesting to watch but I don’t hold out much hope for him as it’s been 9 years since he played football but stranger things have happened. I’m pulling for him because the whole world loves an underdog, except maybe here. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 It’s also true, “Nice guys finish last!” 🤣

  40. “Then I realized he wears his Christianity on his sleeve and there are a tremendous amount of anti-Christian bigots. Many on this site.”

    There is no such thing as anti-Christian bigotry, at least with respect to real mainstream, traditional Christians (as opposed to the evangelical wackos posing as Christians). If you believe that there is you are allowing yourself to be duped by fake religious charlatans.

  41. No he doesn’t. And IF he does, and Kaep doesn’t, that tells you everything you need to know about the good ol’ boys club that still exists in the NFL.

  42. $$$ grab. Poor Timmy needs a new cash flow. You can bet he’ll make the team, since his neighbor Urban is running it. He be injured soon after he plays but will still have a paycheck. Check out his lowly baseball career. He always had some kind of injury, Jags are making a big mistake and it will be fun to watch Meyer crash and burn.

  43. One thing is certain, it’s not for Florio or anyone other than Urban Meyer to decide. If he gets a spot on the roster he will have earned it. Many of you forget, that is how it is suppose to work in the United States.

  44. Wow….as soon as I saw the headline I figured you would find a way to weave Kaepernick in the story. I’m actually stunned that you didn’t.

    He deserves a roster spot if they say he does. And they deserve to lose football games if they decide to keep him.

  45. Colin Kapernick supporters just stop it! Two different people here. Colin is a polarizing, divisive person. He has exercised his freedom of speech and made known his political stance.
    He is now experiencing the consequences of it. Most people do not want to see him.

  46. He’ll either prove he belongs or he’ll bomb out or get hurt and somebody else will get the spot. But the odds of anybody at the age of 33 picking up a new position and being any good are very long. Personally, I’d be devoting all my energies to making Trevor Lawrence as good as he can be rather than spending time on sideshows, but I’m not a circus owner.

  47. “One thing is certain, it’s not for Florio or anyone other than Urban Meyer to decide. If he gets a spot on the roster he will have earned it. Many of you forget, that is how it is suppose to work in the United States”

    So you’re saying that Urban Meyer is somehow above taking a player for any other reason having earned it? I really don’t think that Meyer is as pure as the driven snow.

  48. Just confirms the franchise remains clueless. When you heard that the owner would be involved in the picks, that’s all you needed to know.

  49. stubborndata says:
    May 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    ABsolutely ludicrous. This is why we kneel.
    ______________________

    For the right to make brainless comments that dilute any ACTUAL good that kneeling might possibly have ever done? And by that I mean, precious little.

  50. Nobody ‘deserves’ a free agent signing until after they’ve played some games. Free agents are hired on speculation. Will he earn a role on the final gameday roster next fall? Probably not. Will he work hard and also bring a cash infusion to the Jags in the meantime? Almost certainly.

  51. Clitoral Hood says:
    May 11, 2021 at 9:19 am
    Colin Kapernick supporters just stop it! Two different people here. Colin is a polarizing, divisive person. He has exercised his freedom of speech and made known his political stance.
    He is now experiencing the consequences of it. Most people do not want to see him.

    ——————————-

    Wait wait wait… how is Tim Tebow NOT a “polarizing, divisive person” who exercised his freedom of speech? Tebow knelt on the field (to pray not protest)…. Tebow makes bets with reporters to force them to go to church. Tebow forces his personal beliefs on literally every person he meets.

    I think you need to look yourself in the mirror on this.. your bias is showing.

  52. Meh, I’m over it. If Tebow legitimately makes the team, good for him. If the Jags gift him a roster spot when he doesn’t deserve it (which I doubt they’ll do), that will create issues in the locker room.

  53. If Kaep really did want to play TE Im all for giving him a shot. I can see him very good as a runner after the catch, hes genuinely fast, does have good ball handling skills. So yeah, that would be worth a look to see if he still has all that today because that could be turned into something. Its at QB he just wasn’t cutting it. Like Tebow.

  54. I’m a lifelong Gator fan, I was Tebow fan and think he was a great QB in college. But, that being said I have no hesitancy saying no he does not. On the other hand if they choose to offer him one I don’t begrudge him taking the opportunity. But the offering of that opportunity by Coach and management says so much about them and their process. They are trying to change an absolute dog of a team into a winner. You need all spots, game day talent and every good decision to make that happen. This, the stupidity of the strength coach issue, drafting an RB in the first round. Then saying publicly you were going to take someone else before the RB but, he came off the board so we settled for Etienne. ???? Meyer is used to having media show deference in the college towns he worked. He already looks like he doesn’t know how to handle the media, the egos of his players, or the dynamics that make the Pros NOT college. Mans out of his depth, this is just another symptom showing that.

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