Tim Tebow is making a comeback in the NFL. No, he won’t be playing QB. But, we could see Tebow suit up as a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars have a strong connection to Tim Tebow as he played college ball in Florida, and the Jaguars Head Coach (Urban Meyer) was Tebow’s coach during his time with the Gators.
The Jaguars are also very thin at tight end, and if there’s one thing Tebow is good at, it’s being athletic. The former Heisman winner never really took off as a quarterback, but he did show limitless talent, something that could work in his favor as a tight end. However, how good is Tebow really going to be?
After all, he’s never played tight end in his career, he’s been out of the NFL since 2012, and he’s 33 years old. Does he really have it in him? Shannon Sharpe doesn’t think so, and he believes the move to sign Tebow is a marketing one more than anything.
.@ShannonSharpe on Tim Tebow signing with the Jaguars:
“Everyone knows why Tebow got this opportunity. He’s from Jacksonville and they’re trying to sell tickets. It’s not because he can play.” pic.twitter.com/c3fj5H7IXo
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) May 11, 2021
Will Tim Tebow Succeed With The Jacksonville Jaguars?
Honestly, there’s no telling how Tebow will do if he does make the Jaguars roster. On one hand, he does have the physical gifts to be a great pass catcher.
Tebow is listed as 6’3″ and 245 pounds so he could create some nightmarish mismatches for opposing defenders. However, playing tight end is more than just create mismatches. You have to have the skill. Does Tebow have that skill? It’s very questionable.
Tebow’s willingness to switch positions is also a bit of a shocker. After signing with the New England Patriots who are known for using their players in a variety of ways, Tebow refused to switch positions. Bill Belichick had the idea of playing him at tight end, half back, or full back, so he could be a tool of many trades.
Tebow didn’t want that. For him it was quarterback or nothing. He said the following to Yahoo Sports:
“I think a lot of people don’t get it or understand it. They say, ‘Why? Why not go to a different position in football?’ It’s because it’s not the game of football. It’s what you love doing in it. For me, it was the position of quarterback.”
The persistence backfired, and Tebow jostled between training camps before eventually exiting the league. Had he made the position switch then and there, we might be evaluating this move a little differently. And that’s why Shannon Sharpe is right with his assessment of Tebow’s signing.
No matter where Tebow has gone, he’s drawn big crowds and media attention. His marketability is off the charts, and there’s no question that an NFL comeback is going to draw major headlines (it already is). So, why not take a chance on Tebow?
The contract is only a one year deal, and it’s not like the Jaguars are breaking the bank for this move. They’re simply exploring their options, and Tebow could be a diamond in the rough. It all remains to be seen.