Will Tim Tebow make the 53-man roster in Jacksonville?

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Now that tight end Tim Tebow has gained a spot on Jacksonville’s 90-man roster a week before Memorial Day, the next question becomes whether, as of Labor Day, he’ll land on the 53-man roster.

As one team source recently characterized it, there’s less than a 50-percent chance of that happening. Those odds are still a lot better than they’d be for the usual last man in.

The Jaguars currently have five other tight ends on the team. How many will he have to leapfrog to make the team? Two? Three?

The more likely scenario (unless Tebow decides on his own to step away) would be that the Jaguars release Tebow and then re-sign him to the practice squad. Given that every team can call up two practice-squad players every week to the game-day roster, Tebow could still end up in uniform and, potentially, on the field.

That likely would consist of playing special teams, with something more substantial than personal protector for the punter. Kickoff team, kick return unit, punt return, etc.

However it plays out, the same man who ultimately deemed Tebow worthy of a roster spot will be the one who ultimately decides Tebow’s fate come September. And to the extent that it’s a minor league baseball-style gimmick for Tebow to be on the roster in the first place, why would that gimmick end when the preseason does?

At some point, Tebow will have to demonstrate some degree of objective football competence. If every pass route he runs ends with the ball ricocheting off his helmet, even the most ardent Tebowmaniacs eventually will cease their suspension of disbelief. That’s when Tebow would be given a chance to “retire” from football, and then possibly to join the team in some non-playing capacity.

If Tebow can do just enough to pass the eyeball test, that’s when the bobbleheads and other baubles bearing Tebow’s name will be for sale — and when Tebow will become an official member of the team, even if it’s just on the practice squad from Monday through Saturday.

And in uniform on Sunday.

43 responses to “Will Tim Tebow make the 53-man roster in Jacksonville?

  1. NO.
    Unless the owner meddles and asks that he be the 53rd man on the roster to sell Jerseys and merchandise.

  2. Whoever bought Tebows jersey will be returning them soon.. Don’t lose your receipts!!!

  3. Given the success the Saints had with Taysom Hill as a part time gadget QB, would it really be a surprise to see Meyer try to do the same with Tebow?

  4. I’ve noticed a lot of people throwing a fit about Jacksonville signing him. For those of you that object to it, please explain why. To me it just looks like a low risk try out.

  5. While it is possible that magically, Tebow will be a great tight end, it is highly doubtful. He never played the TE position and hasn’t played football in 9 years.

    I wish him luck, but I imagine that the other TEs that are trying out for the team won’t be too happy that Tebow got special treatment, just to be allowed try to make the roster.

  6. There’s a long, long time between now and the final cut down date. One thing for sure, it benefits Trevor Lawrence when he can concentrate on football, and let someone else carry all the media pressure. That in itself makes Tebow one of the most important players on the team. It’s a QB league, and the sooner Lawrence gets up to speed, the sooner the team will win. So Tebow, regardless of all the hate, fear, and jealousy, is actually one of the Jaguars’ most valuable assets. Great coaches often say they need the right 53 men, not necessarily the best 53 men.

  7. At this point Tebow isn’t much more than a human mascot. His fans who attend the games are going to spend 1/3rd of their time watching Tim stand on the sidelines. Kids are going to be saying: “Where’s Tebow, dad?”. Dads are going to be saying: “Look…there he is with the baseball cap on by the Gatorade cooler!” They’ll go home at the end of the day satisfied that they saw Tim Tebow.

  8. No doubt that he’ll make the team. If he’s cut, his fans will riot. Plus there’s all that money to be made.

  9. Given the success the Saints had with Taysom Hill as a part time gadget QB, would it really be a surprise to see Meyer try to do the same with Tebow?////////////

    Hill ran a 4.4 40, Tebow a 4.7 9 years ago. Urban can try all he wants to replicate Hill with Tebow, and it will fail.

  10. “I’ve noticed a lot of people throwing a fit about Jacksonville signing him. For those of you that object to it, please explain why. To me it just looks like a low risk try out.”

    No one is throwing a fit, just as no one is hating on Tebow. Expressing an opinion informed by the objective data of Tebow’s statistical history and time away from the game does not constitute throwing a fit.

  11. Tim Tebow making an NFL roster considering his situation would “undermine” the entire NFL system.

  12. Tebow will give a Herculean effort to make the team at league minimum unlike a certain other ball player who blew a NFL led private workout circus.

  13. Yes,Tebow will make the Jaguars final 53 man roster. He will play TE,QB,H-BACK/SLOTBACK,FB & ST. He will be a utility player,just like Jim Jensen was for the Dolphins and Taysom Hill is for the Saints. Tebow’s nickname will be the Swiss Army Knife. Should be fun to watch. Enjoy the show! It’s Tebow time!

  14. “If every pass route he runs ends with the ball ricocheting off his helmet, even the most ardent Tebowmaniacs eventually will cease their suspension of disbelief.”
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    Have to disagree. There was plenty of college tape showing Tebows flaws as a qb when going to the NFL, then there NFL tape of him failing and multiple teams giving him a chance and not even making the team yet those same Tebowmaniacs still think he is/was a competent nfl qb so realistically Tebow could trip over his own 2 feet running a route and theres a better chance his fans blame it on the grass than admit his shortcomings.

  15. It may be worth it even if he’s a healthy inactive all season. Then Meyer gets him a job on the 2022 coaching staff. He certainly helps keep the spotlight away from Lawrence.

  16. Plenty of other younger, more talented guys at the position that give 100% as well.

  17. I hope he makes it, just to aggravate certain people who deserve nothing but aggravation.

  18. It doesn’t matter who he is or what you think of him, he’s been out of football for almost a decade. That fact alone makes the possibility of him making the team less that it would be for any player fresh out of college or who is currently in the league. Add to that a position he’s never played in high level competition and the odds against him get even longer. If he makes it legitimately, good for him. That would be a great comeback story. I just don’t see him overcoming the odds.

  19. Who really cares? If he does, he does. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t. Nothing is going to change. I’m sure if Kap wants to play for the veteran minimum and change to different position he can get the same deal. Coaches will play those who can help them win and those that don’t will not be coaching for long anyway.

  20. Yes, and as long as he can keep the spotlight on him and not on Trevor Lawrence they will keep him around.

  21. Slays me that Tebow continues to get chances with his mediocre talent and Kaepernick is blackballed for having a social conscience and being a caring decent human being. The owners not so.

  22. He will be, but he won’t have earned it.

    A player who deserves to be on the roster will be bumped for Tebow.

  23. A 33 year old QB who hasn’t played in the NFL for 9 years is given a chance to make a team at a position he has never played before. This is ludicrous proposition. It’s a gimmick and the lemmings will fall in line and spend their money on garbage that will be obsolete in short order. Ridiculous.

  24. I’ll see you week 1 when Tebow throws a stiff-arm and scores a TD.

  25. @gibson45….sorry dude. 15 year season ticket holder who follows the jags daily. People do and are throwing fits. Don’t be blind to that. While I more than appreciate your opinion as it is accurate please agin don’t be blind to the obvious fits. See Jason La Canfora as exhibit A. And let’s not please forget two weeks ago when everyone person with a mic got on their high horse to say we should sign Kap. Tim being signed as a TE3 does not equate to Kap being signed as QB3 (that’s right baby, we still have Shew as QB2).

  26. NFL has no likeable, charismatic players without Tebow. SB lost 20,000,000 viewers, too!

  27. I thought it was going to be different- Trevor Lawrence, all those draft picks, all that free agent money… Nope. The draft was wasted, the money is gone on marginal players, and now.. Tebow.

  28. Just sales of the jersey alone will warrant him a spot on the team. If he’s not a starter, he’ll be a backup/special teams guy.

  29. I’m not a Jags fan, but if Tebow makes the team I would root for them to win the Super Bowl.

  30. 1 million Tebow jerseys is a lot of jack to keep a guy on the practice squad if he don’t make the 53, either way everybody benefits. He might be good, no one knows. I’m sure Tebow has caught a few passes in his life, and god knows he is good at powering in at the goaline.

  31. SenorUgati says:
    May 23, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    He will be, but he won’t have earned it.

    A player who deserves to be on the roster will be bumped for Tebow.
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    The NFL is about numbers/money. If Tebow is a huge draw, then his worth will be decided by seats he filled, bobbleheads he sold and jerseys ordered. Can a new kid out of college compete with that?

    I’m a fan of a team 2,000 miles away, so I have no dog in the fight. And I’d rather see a young kid get a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That being said, the NFL is a business and being the best at any one thing isn’t always the determining factor on who gets/keeps a job.

  32. If he’s willing to run Special Teams and take any role he earns, then yeah… For the league minimum, why wouldn’t he be?

  33. “Given the success the Saints had with Taysom Hill as a part time gadget QB, would it really be a surprise to see Meyer try to do the same with Tebow?”
    ___________

    Problem is even a cursory glance will tell you they’re not the same player. Hill is younger, faster by a LARGE margin (4.4 speed whereas Tebow was a 4.7 at his combine way back in 2009 so he certainly is slower now), Hill can catch passes which Tebow has never shown, and Hill completed 70% of his throws last year while Tebow was a 47% passer. Trying Tebow at tight end makes WAY more sense than expecting him to be some sort of Taysom Hill clone.

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