Aug 16, 2015 7:10 PM GMT
He's moving the chains right now for Philly's third-team offense, in a preseason tilt with the Colts. Eagles fans will love him for as long as he's completing throws.
NJ.com"If I was coaching today I would acquire Tim Tebow, too," Ditka told Harry Mayes and Rob Ellis on 97.5 FM The Fanatic. "I'd find places to use him on my football team. I think players like Tim Tebow are good for sports. Good for football. Good for our country.
"He has character. You can't buy character. A lot of people say they have it, but they don't when it comes down to the nitty-gritty. You've got a guy right there who will be there right til the end.
"I'm not saying he's the most talented guy. But, you can get a lot of productivity out of him in some areas. I think Chip will use him properly. That's all."
Bleeding Green NationIf both Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez go down, the Eagles are screwed anyway.
Matt Barkley is going to dink and dunk and turn the ball over. At this point in his career he is a replacement level player, the Eagles have had him available for trade in exchange for peanuts and no one has dealt for him. If they cut him, he'll very likely be available during the season if needed.
Tebow too is a replacement level player, he's been available as a free agent since the Patriots cut him during 2013 training camp. But in the Eagles offense there's reason to believe that he can be reasonably effective on the ground, and as a starter in Denver he was able to occasionally get the ball to his wide receivers for big plays, whereas Barkley in extremely limited playing time made no plays.
As a "pure" QB, Matt Barkley is the better player than Tim Tebow. But when you're down two QBs, all hell has broken loose and a street free agent caliber passer can't help you. As bad a passer as he is, Tebow gives the Eagles offense options that Barkley never can.
Yahoo!One of the thoughts when the Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Tim Tebow was that Chip Kelly could use him as a two-point conversion specialist.
It made sense. Tebow is a great goal-line option because he's big and athletic. And if preseason is any indication, there will be many more two-point tries throughout the NFL with the new extra point rule. On Saturday night, Kelly rolled out that plan, sending Tebow in for the first two two-point conversions of the game.
It didn't go well, though it was a very tiny sample. On the first attempt, Tebow was stuffed on a run. On the second, he fielded a low snap, tried to hit a quick slant to Nelson Agholor but Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward almost intercepted it. The pass fell incomplete. The Eagles kicked extra points after that. Tebow was 2-of-2 for 15 yards and rushed for 4 yards on three attempts in limited playing time late in the game.
AP, via Yahoo!Tim Tebow is getting his last chance this offseason to prove he should stay with the Eagles as their third-string quarterback.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is expected to see a lot of playing time in Philadelphia's final exhibition game on Thursday against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
''It's been an awesome journey,'' Tebow said after Monday's practice.
''I've seen Tim improve since he's gotten here,'' Kelly said Monday. ''He's improved his throwing motion a great deal. ... Sequencing his throwing motion, so I think he's been more accurate.''
In limited action in all three preseason games, and playing with all third and fourth-team players, Tebow has completed 10 of 19 passes for 97 yards without a touchdown or an interception. He has also run 10 times for 50 yards, with three first downs and a touchdown.
''He's had a good camp,'' Kelly said. ''He's got another big week this week.''
Tebow says he's taking his usual approach.
''Stay focused, know what you have to do and then go do it,'' he said. ''I'm not nervous. I'm excited, but I'm always excited.''
His competition, Barkley, is in his third year with the Eagles after being selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Southern California.
But don't expect the players to feud over a job.
''I consider him a good friend. He has a great family,'' Tebow said. ''Sure we're competing, but you want to do things the right way. And opportunities and positions are never more important than character.''