Tim Tebow made his first appearance for the New England Patriots in a 31-22 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night.
After the Patriots first two drives, starting quarterback Tom Brady was replaced by backup Ryan Mallett. Mallett had 9 for 18 on the night and had 97 yards passing.
Late in the second quarter, Mallett suffered a head injury and was replaced by third string quarterback Tim Tebow. In his first drive as a Patriot, Tebow threw two incomplete passes and got sacked for a loss of ten yards. When they retained possession, Tebow completed a 15 yard pass to Leon Washington to end the first half.
Tebow started the second half well, helping his team down the field for a one yard touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount.
On the next drive, he set up kicker Stephen Gostkowski for a 53-yard field goal that was no good. He did not drive down the field again, as the Patriots ended up punting on their final three drives.
Tebow finished 4-12 with 55 yards passing and 31 yards rushing on four carries. As you can tell, this was not his best game and he failed to prove his worth to the team as a quarterback.
Although this is only a preseason game, it raises the question why Tebow should stay on the team as a passer when he probably won't get much playing time. The only significant strength he has against Mallett and Brady is that he can run with the ball.
While he is more of a runner than the other two, he has been sacked 41 times in 34 games. Even though he has made improvements during training camp, you can still see flaws in his mechanics and his questionable decision making.
I think it is time for Tebow to realise he will not be a solid quarterback at NFL level and it is clearly in his best interests to switch positions.
The Patriots previously talked about him playing as a wide receiver, but he did not line up as one on Friday night. He could make a valuable contribution to the team if he were to play as a wide receiver or tight end due to his size at 6'2" and 236 lbs.
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