Nine years after playing his last NFL snap as a member of the Jets, Tim Tebow is joining the Jaguars to try out as a tight end.
December 30, 2012. That was the last time that we saw Tim Tebow in an NFL regular season game. Tebow played one snap in the Jets’ season-finale loss to the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and that was it for the first-round pick’s professional football career in terms of getting action in a meaningful contest.
Nine years later, Tebow has been given a chance to get back onto the field for his first real football game since that chilly December afternoon in Orchard Park. The former first-round pick and college football legend is signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars – as a tight end.
Tim Tebow signed his contract this morning with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per source. He will be on the field today for the team’s off-season program as he sets out to compete for a roster spot at tight end.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2021
We have signed TE Tim Tebow. pic.twitter.com/xAsfcZP1sG
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) May 20, 2021
The responsibilities of the tight end position are not entirely new to Tebow. As a member of the Jets in 2012, Tebow played eight snaps at fullback and 59 snaps on special teams, including a role as a protector for the punt team. He blocked fairly respectably over the small sample of snaps that season, earning a 75.7 protection grade and a 60.1 run blocking grade at Pro Football Focus. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds (his most recent numbers from the Syracuse Mets), Tebow certainly has the size for the position.
Tebow last appeared on an NFL roster in 2015, signing with the Eagles in April and competing for a roster spot throughout training camp and the preseason. He was beaten out by Matt Barkley in a competition for the No. 3 spot on the team’s quarterback depth chart.
If he makes Jacksonville’s roster, Tebow could get the opportunity to return to MetLife Stadium on December 26 as the Jaguars visit the Jets in Week 16.
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