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Tim Tebow hasn’t officially made the cut to be a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it appears he is making a fairly strong case.
Tebow used to be paid to throw. He did it well enough at the college level. He didn’t exact flourish in that department as a pro. But now the Jaguars are paying him to block and catch. So far, it seems as if he’s doing at least one of those things very well.
“I will say this: Tim Tebow has caught every ball thrown his way and doesn’t have any drops today,” wrote Mia O’Brien of First Coast News.
Tebow, 33, is trying his hand at football again after six years away and a stint in minor league baseball. He has a bond with Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, Tebow’s coach at Florida. And Meyer offered some praise for Tebow recently.
“We all know this is a new position for him. He’s a great teammate. In the locker room, I can see everybody getting along, we have good chemistry on our team. But he’s picked it up decently,” Meyer said, via The Florida Times-Union.
Along with Tebow and Meyer, the Jaguars newcomer who’s been drawing the most eyeballs is Trevor Lawrence, the rookie quarterback and No. 1 overall draft pick. Lawrence also talked Tebow.
“He looks great. He’s just a guy that you want to be around,” Lawrence told reporters. “Character is awesome. Had a few conversations with him and I can already tell, and [he’s] just a hard worker. No one is going to work harder than him. Those are the kind of guys you want in your locker room and you want to be around every day. And then I’m excited to see what he can do on the field as well. We got in a few days, and he looks great. He’s in awesome shape.”
As the Daily Caller pointed out, many of the heavy hitters in the mainstream media are openly rooting for Tebow to fail. For whatever reason, they don’t like his wholesome approach or the fact that he’s beloved by football fans worldwide. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t fit their narrative of controversy and hate.
But early in minicamp, he’s giving everyone reason to believe that, yes, he may still have some good football left.