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Tim Tebow's Philadelphia Eagles role could get boost if NFL rule change arrives

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The arrival of Tim Tebow at the Philadelphia Eagles this week has raised a number of questions.

Is Chip Kelly of sound mind? How can the Eagles justify having five quarterbacks on their roster? And, will we ever get to see the Heisman trophy winner lead the Eagles offense in 2015?

Well today we got our first insight from the Philly camp on what exactly they have planned for the much-maligned QB, and it looks like a potential new rule change from the NFL could provide the answer.

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Specific role

Speaking to the media today, Eagles' vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz had an interesting response to a question posed to him about Tim Tebow's role as a two-point conversion man. Citing the increased talk that the NFL will bring in a rule change to the extra point, Marynowitz had this to say:

"If that (rule change) does come to fruition, and there's a role there, depending on performance, that may dictate if he has a role in that capacity."

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His remarks alluding to the idea of Tim Tebow coming in for the two-point conversion set up. The idea of employing a man for such a specific, and creative role, as a two-point play quarterback should not be put past a man such as Chip Kelly already known for not playing by the rules.

Indeed, with Sam Bradford and his glass knees currently projected as Philadelphia's starting quarterback, it makes sense to sub in Tim Tebow to take contact (or offer the threat of doing so) if looking for the two-point play.

A tandem of Tim Tebow and DeMarco Murray on short yardage would be a difficult task for any NFL defense irrespective of what the former's critics say.

Rule change

The extra point rule change that could aid Tebow's chances of playing in 2015, and indeed may have led to his arrival at the Eagles in the first place, is something that is looking increasingly likely.

It was a much discussed topic at last month's NFL meeting and, according to Sports illustrated, the growing consensus is as follows.

The extra point would be made into a 32/33 yard attempt. Faced with a longer shot, the offensive team would have the option to go for two points - starting from the 1-and-a-half or two-yard line.

With every chance something like this in in the rule book by Week One of the 2015 season we may have just seen Chip Kelly pull of another great coaching move with the arrival of Tebow.

What do you think Eagles fans? Will Tim Tebow be a success in Philadelphia or is this a desperate move? Debate the issues in the comments section below...

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