Tebow-mania may still have some life left in it yet. And no, I am not joking.
After working out for head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles, free agent quarterback Tim Tebow, one of the most polarizing players in NFL history, may just be on the comeback trail to one more shot in the league. While Tebow has been out of football since his brief preseason stint with the New England Patriots, the former 25th overall pick of the Denver Broncos has expressed interest in a return to the NFL. The former Heisman Trophy winner even attempted to be selected for a spot in the first inaugural Veterans Combine held last weekend.
Although he was denied from participating in the event, Tebow has been doing private workouts in Los Angeles with quarterback guru Tom House on his throwing motion and mechanics. House, who is also the personal trainer of Patriots future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, had this to say on Tebow’s development:
“He went from being a little inaccurate and didn’t throw a whole lot of spirals, to throwing very accurate and real good at spinning the ball.”
Over the course three NFL seasons, Tim Tebow has accumulated careers statistics of 2,422 passing yards for 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while also carrying the football 197 times for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The greatest knock on Tebow has always been his inaccuracy issues, yet the fact remains that Tebow led an average Denver Broncos squad with a terrible offensive line to home field advantage in the playoffs and a postseason win over an AFC title favorite in the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2012.
When the Washington Redskins selected Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL draft, the New York Giants, in an attempt to get a competitive edge on Griffin’s mobile playing style, attempted to sign former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White. The former West Virginia star had been drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft to be a dual threat quarterback who could run the option. While he never materialized as a starter in Miami, White drew interest from the Giants as a practice squad player who could run similar sets to what the Redskins would run with Griffin.
Unfortunately for New York, the Redskins were willing to pay more for White to secure him as their own practice squad quarterback.
If the Philadelphia Eagles end up mortgaging their future to trade for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Giants could potentially benefit from giving Tebow a call for a training camp invite. Tebow and Mariota have very similar playing styles and while Mariota is a leaps and bounds more talented passer than Tebow, bringing him aboard for at least the duration of training camp to run sets that current Giants pocket passers Ryan Nassib and Eli Manning cannot, could be beneficial for New York’s defense in the long run. Getting to practice against a player who can fluidly run the plays they would have to see twice a year from both Mariota and Robert Griffin III (if he can stay healthy) would help the Giants defenders in getting a better sense of what will be happening on the field during the game.
Tebow would be a long shot to make the Giants 53-man roster, however, if the cost is minimal to none and with the Giants potentially facing two mobile quarterbacks in their division alone he could be a valuable addition to practices, maybe even competitively pushing current backup Ryan Nassib in his development.