JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tim Tebow caught landing passes from Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew on Thursday, exhibiting indicators that reviving his NFL profession as a decent finish is way from a publicity stunt or private favor.
Tebow basically regarded the half on a sunbaked afternoon that capped his first week of organized group actions with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With group proprietor Shad Khan in attendance together with a media throng desperate to see how the 33-year-old Tebow was adjusting to his new place, the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback didn’t drop a go and even made a few performs that certainly obtained extra consideration than they deserved.
Tebow is hardly a refined route-runner and doesn’t seem like a down-the-field menace. But anybody who thought he would embarrass himself by altering positions 9 years after final taking part in a significant snap within the league most likely would have been shocked to see him maintain his personal in a No. 85 jersey.
“It’s 1 in 90 trying to make the team,” Jaguars coach Urban Meyer stated. “He has improved. It’s all new for him. … That position’s trending upward; they’re doing a nice job.”
Meyer declined to offer a lot perception into how he plans to doubtlessly use Tebow. There has been hypothesis that Tebow may very well be a goal-line and short-yardage quarterback and even line up within the backfield alongside Lawrence.
“I think it’s one step at a time and see what happens,” Meyer stated. “Before you start having those conversations, you’ve got to feel where he’s at on the depth chart, etc. Obviously, it’s only been a couple of days. We have not had that conversation as an offensive staff yet.”
For now, tight ends coach Tyler Bowen — whose nickname, coincidentally, is “T-Bow” — is attempting to get the way more standard Tebow snug at his new place. Bowen urged Tebow for “a little more tempo off the ball” early within the two-hour exercise.
Later, Bowen jokingly requested an intern “you need the trainers” after the tools man was tasked with attempting to dam Tebow utilizing a dummy pad.
Tebow had his most success in seven-on-seven drills close to the objective line, catching two brief passes for scores.
“He’s just another guy,” Jaguars security Rayshawn Jenkins stated. “I met him briefly in the locker room, so a really good guy from what I can tell. But I don’t look at it as ‘Tebow’ or anybody who’s just right there. I just look at it (as) what do I need to do this play? What are my keys? What am I looking at? It doesn’t matter what number the jersey is or whoever’s right there in front of me.”
Tebow signed a one-year, $920,000 take care of Jacksonville final week, getting the veteran minimal for a participant together with his expertise. He acquired no signing bonus or assured cash. He’s returning to the NFL after 5 years (2016-20) within the New York Mets’ group and he’s reuniting with Meyer, his faculty coach, for the primary time since his senior 12 months in 2009.
His comeback is unprecedented due to his age, his new place and the truth that he final performed in a regular-season sport in 2012, with the New York Jets.
“We don’t get caught up in any of that,” Jenkins stated. “You can’t get star struck around here. It’s the business. I played with numerous superstars. I can name a list full, but we’re all friends at the end of the day, we’re all co-workers at the end of the day.”
Tebow was the principle attraction Thursday, and that will have been an excellent factor for Lawrence. The No. 1 total decide had 4 overthrows and two passes damaged up in goal-line drills.
“That’s obviously a very hard area of the field,” Meyer stated. “The field changes, especially against NFL talent all over the field and defense had the upper hand today. It wasn’t just him. … We all struggled, not just him, offensively.”
Tebow was on the receiving finish of considered one of Lawrence’s few highlights, trying like, nicely, a 255-pound tight finish with good palms.
Several NFL groups prompt Tebow make the place change years in the past, however he declined.
He lastly switched after retiring from baseball in February. He labored out for the Jaguars the next week, the primary of two exploratory periods that got here to mild hours earlier than the beginning of the NFL draft on April 29.
Meyer raved about Tebow’s exercises, saying assistants had been shocked to see him in such nice form. Ultimately, Tebow’s capability to select up a brand new place — numerous faculty QBs have made the transition look seamless — will decide whether or not he makes the group.
“I’m kind of mad because I was the oldest guy on the team,” stated 31-year-old receiver Marvin Jones. “Now, he has me by two years, so I’ve to speak to him about that. But it’s been nice. Obviously, everyone is aware of the kind of employee that he’s and it’s no completely different.
“He came in here and fit right in, just working and learning and stuff like that. In the back, when he’s not in, he’s looking at the plays and running extra and doing what he needs to do to get this new position going. So, it’s been good. It’s been good to have him here most definitely.”