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Is Tim Tebow Joining Jaguars Simply a Distraction?

  • The Draft Network
  • May 19, 2021
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Batten down the hatches, call off the wedding, keep your Sundays free, Tim Tebow is BACK. 

Oh, it’s not 2012? He’s not playing quarterback? HE’S A TIGHT END. Uh, little help here?

Let’s settle down a bit. Can we take a step back and perplexingly ask what went into the transaction to sign Tebow made by general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Urban Meyer? Unless he’s been simply brought in to hijack Gardner Minshew’s No. 15 and sell an unfathomable amount of jerseys, his value and overall projection as a productive football player can’t be a marginal amount, can it?

Unless you’ve been under a rock the past 15 years, you know who Tebow is and what he’s about and what he brings both as an athlete and a person with a swarm of media attention. A Heisman winner at the University of Florida, Tebow’s NFL career was short-lived, one that was highlighted by a miraculous victory on wild-card weekend over the Pittsburgh Steelers in January 2012.

Fast forward nearly a decade, and Tebow, a recently-retired four-year veteran of professional baseball with more than 300 minor league games under his ever-aging belt, looks to make his way onto the Jaguars 90-man training camp roster almost a decade removed from the last time he buckled his chin strap. 

“As a player that went through training camp with Tim [Tebow], there’s going to be players rolling their eyes at how much attention the fourth or fifth string tight end gets,” former New York Jets quarterback and Tebow’s former teammate Greg McElroy said, via

“It’s going to piss people off. As a result, it’s going to affect locker room chemistry, like it did with the Jets.”

The move increasingly causes you to scratch and tilt your head when identifying the current stage of the Jaguars organization. Just weeks ago, Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne were Meyer’s first two talents taken by Jacksonville in the 2021 NFL Draft to kick off the inherent rebuild in what capped off an overall productive offseason for the Jaguars who were big spenders in free agency. And while there is no clear weapon, or competition for that matter, at the tight end position, this isn’t your local 7v7 Tuesday night pickup league. While the connection is there with Meyer, Tebow will turn 34 before the start of the season and has NEVER played a snap at tight end, let alone proved productive at the NFL level at a position with zero prior experience. 

Tebow’s addition has brought Meyer’s lack of awareness and ability to masthead an NFL team to the forefront. This isn’t the locker room at Florida where underclassmen and executive brass of the booster club would kneel at the feet of Tebow and Meyer, it’s the National Football League where grown men have dedicated their lives to earn just a sniff of the Sunday turf. There’s much more to building a roster professionally, and returning that roster back to relevancy, than playing the celebrity game bringing in a former baseball player to line up in-line to block Bud Dupree and Kwity Paye on the edge. 

Lawrence, Etienne, and the young core of Jaguars defenders have a chance to be SPECIAL, and it’s unfortunate the attention has swayed to Tebow as the Jaguars enter the long path back to success. If Baalke has any plans of Meyer developing the Jaguars’ youth-infused, exciting core of players, it’s time to step out of the past and up to the plate with the athletes that belong, instead of reaching for storylines and a packed team store.

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