The Philadelphia Eagles decided to take a chance and sign quarterback Tim Tebow this past offseason, and he showed off some improved skills during their first preseason matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. It was a game that showed off some of the steps he has taken to better his game, but also showed that he still has quite a few issues to fix as well.
PhillyMag.com is a website that is dedicated to all Eagles coverage, all the time. At this point in time, they don’t believe that Tebow will end up making the final 53-man roster.
Chip Kelly seems to be a big fan of Tebow, which is the reason that the Eagles decided to sign him earlier this offseason in the first place. It didn’t make a lot of Eagles fans happy, but Kelly made the move from a football standpoint. Tebow isn’t supposed to be the starting quarterback, but he is expected to be the type of player that can come in during certain situations and make plays.
Tebow definitely fits into Kelly’s offensive system, as he can make plays with his legs and his arm is much better than it was during his first season as a starter with the Denver Broncos. He would be a dangerous weapon for Kelly to use in short-yardage situations, and could be very valuable when it comes to attempting two-point conversions when needed as well.
During his first preseason game, Tebow completed six of his 12 passing attempts for 69 yards and also recording 15 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Philadelphia could use as much playmaking talent on their roster as they can get, and Tebow brings much more of that than Barkley does. If it comes right down to it, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kelly keep Tebow around simply for more leadership and a great locker room presence. Tebow can be used in quite a few different situations with his athleticism, while Barkley is strictly a pocket passer.
There is a chance that he won’t end up making the final roster, but his opening preseason performance is being vastly underrated. He has yet to receive credit from most for the job he did in Denver when he led his team to the playoffs, and his willingness to help his team any way that he could with the New York Jets as a punt blocker.
Having that type of player on the roster is something that teams love to have. He keeps a good attitude and wants to win football games more than get recognition for himself.
Expect to see Tebow make the decision on the Eagles exceptionally difficult, and don’t be surprised if Kelly actually ends up keeping him around.
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