New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow during minicamp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Tebow will most likely stay at QB?

Is it time for Tim Tebow to play at tight end? I’m not so sure. The New England Patriots have plenty of depth at tight end behind stars Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but the health of the position has still been questioned following surgeries for Gronkowski and a murder investigation involving Hernandez. Behind Gronk and Hernnadez are former New York Giants starter Jake Ballard (his rehab from a severe knee injury went well), H-back and solid blocker Michael Hoomanawanui, underrated blocking tight end Daniel Fells, promising undrafted free agent Zach Sudfeld (he impressed in OTAs and minicamp), and another undrafted tight end in Brandon Ford (relative unknown).

Despite there being three (possibly four) useful tight ends behind Gronkowski and Hernandez on the roster, that hasn’t stopped people from wondering if the Patriots could pull the trigger and move Tim Tebow to the tight end position in lieu of the uncertainty surrounding the two star tight ends.

ESPN Boston Patriots writer Mike Reiss appeared on SportsCenter to talk about Tim Tebow (ESPN talking about Tim Tebow? No way!), and he stated that he would be “surprised” if the Patriots decided to move Tebow to tight end. Adam Schefter and other ESPN insiders have stated that the Patriots have brought in Tebow to be the third-string quarterback and not play TE, and this is something Reiss evidently agrees with. He also added that the Patriots have “made it pretty clear” that Tebow is in New England to be the Pats third-string quarterback.

I have a feeling that the Patriots aren’t locked into any one plan regarding Tim Tebow, because they couldn’t have just brought him in over Mike Kafka solely to be a third-string quarterback. I believe they like Tebow’s flexibility to move around the formation and be more than just a third-string QB taking up roster space, so I wouldn’t rule out the Patriots using his versatility to their advantage. But I also don’t think they need to play Tebow at tight end, because is he really better than Fells or even Sudfeld right now? I mean, he’s most likely more raw at TE than Sudfeld is at TE, but I do think we will see Tebow move around.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    I have a theory that the Pats, McDaniels, will work with Tebow’s mechanics to see if he can correct any accuracy issues to consistently target receivers. If he can improve as a passing QB, the Pats will have the option of trading Mallett for a low draft pick or key positional player….just a thought.

    • Joe Soriano

      I agree completely. The Pats will always want to carry a quality QB behind Brady as an insurance policy, and Mallett is starting to gain some real interest. If Tebow does progress under McD and Mallett has a monster preseason, then we could see Mallett dealt for a second in the offseason and Tebow as the No. 2 QB. Great theory, Paul.

  • Hal Bent

    As great an athlete as Tebow is, he does have the only person in the NFL who believes in his talent at QB, OC Josh McDaniels, running the offense. I have to think as well that Tebow is going to be Mallett insurance for when Mike Lombardi blows a gasket with the QB situation in Cleveland after this season and gives up a future #1 pick for Mallett. I am still on record that Tebow will have a “sore neck” or “sore knee” and be stashed on IR for the year (unless BB decides he can contribute on special teams).

  • Joe Willie

    Tebow is nothing but a 3rd string QB–with a inaccurate arm –what is most wrong with Tim is his lack of anticipation–he cant throw it where the receiver is going on time unless its a 1 on 1 slant or streak pattern -He’s good HS QB—
    forgetabout him being a TE –he has no hands and awareness to be a NFL TE—if Belichick the cheaten F that he is-had my brain he’d make Tebow into
    “Paul Horning”—-but Belichick isnt that smart—he writes up genus plays like Doug Fluties drop kick