Tim Tebow Addition Is A Sideshow That Will Piss Players Off, So Says Former Teammate

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According to Greg McElroy, former Jets quarterback and teammate of Tim Tebow, Tim signing in Jacksonville as a tight end is a “sideshow.” The former Alabama quarterback claims to like Tebow, but doesn’t think he was all that good.

Some friend.

“Everyone saying, ‘Oh, he’s finally doing what he should’ve done 10 years ago by switching to tight end,'” McElroy said. “Y’all, we were with him on the Jets. They tried to switch him to tight end, he wasn’t good. That’s what people don’t acknowledge. Oh, they’ll just use him as a Taysom Hill player. Tim ran a 4.8, Taysom Hill runs a 4.4. I mean, they’re just two totally different players. Tim is a good dude and I hope the best for him, but it’s a sideshow.”

Doesn’t sound too fond of Tebow, despite what he claims. If you “wish the best” for him, then wouldn’t you let the process play out organically? He goes on to explain that the Tebow experiment will hit the fan early:

“It’s going to become a sideshow at training camp,” he said. “I think it kind of undercuts, undermines a little bit of what Urban Meyer is trying to build. Maybe he makes the team, maybe he doesn’t, but it’s going to take away from the task at hand, which is trying to put together the most competitive roster in camp.”

Holy haterade

If Tim Tebow is a friend and you have no ill wishes for his future in the NFL, then keep your mouth shut. I’m not here arguing that Tebow will be some massive success as a tight end in Jacksonville, but McElroy doesn’t have the guts to pick a side either.

Saying a player may or may not make the team? You really nailed it there, bud. Perhaps the former quarterback has potential for an NFL front office gig someday? Real crystal ball work here.

The big takeaway is that Tim Tebow is extraordinarily popular. He isn’t the most talented player we’ve ever seen, so he’ll look to snag a final roster spot. When did a 53rd player on any NFL roster ever make or break a team? Any player who loses his job to Tim Tebow isn’t changing the division anyway. And spare us the “Tebow is a distraction” nonsense. The Dallas Cowboys broadcast a year round TV show in 4K for their cheerleading squad — I’m positive a bunch of grown men can handle a few questions about a quarterback looking to make a comeback.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Tebow was just one in the long line of Jets mistakes that former players and management now try to blame on Tebow rather than themselves. They never even attempted to use the guy. Pre-season we were led to believe by Rex Ryan and the rest of the clown show in NY that Tebow would be on special teams, special offensive packages, blah blah blah. They never used the guy. I think one time they threw him in there on the punt team and ran an option. That was it. Totally agree with GSjr here.

  2. Well Greg McElroy did after all through 31 NFL passes in his illustrious career, so he would know how to spot mediocrity. Coming in with the cheap shot on your “friend”? Nice friend. Wonder what he does to enemies?

    Tebow ran a 4.71, not a 4.8, and it was at 236 lbs. McElroy conveniently overlooked the fact that Tebow ran the shuttle faster than Antonio Brown, and had one of the fastest three con drills of the entire combine. His combine workout was widely described as phenomenal. McElroy is obviously harboring some resentment and should talk to a therapist.

    No slight to Hill, he’s clearly a great athlete, but he did run his 40 at a pro day and not the combine like Tebow. The 40s at the combine are way more stringent. They aren’t hand timed like a pro day, so you commonly get faster times at pro days than the combine. I would say if Tebow ran the 40 at the pro day he would probably be in the 4.6s and Hill in the 4.5s. So at the end of the day not a ton of difference worth spouting off about.

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