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