In only his first season with the New York Jets, backup quarterback Tim Tebow is making a tremendous first impression on his teammates and coaches. During training camp, the third-year pro has spent endless hours studying the nuances of a new offensive system while learning his versatile role as the Jets’ Wildcat quarterback and special teams punt protector. With a whole host of responsibilities thrown his way, No. 15 has turned to a variety of sources for advice and guidance along his journey.
“You can learn from everyone,” admitted Tebow. "A quote I’ve always loved is, “In a multitude of counselors there is wisdom.” You can take wisdom from a lot of different people and find exactly what works for you.”
Both head coach Rex Ryan and newly hired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano are delighted with Tebow’s willingness to take on any task and his ability to rise to any challenge. Even though the former Heisman Trophy winner is slated as a second-stringer, he's preparing feverishly in the meeting rooms and working hard on the practice field .
“I feel like it’s something we have down now,” said Tebow of the Jets' new offense. “The more reps you can get in real live situations, the better it is. The communication between quarterback and receiver, running back and offensive line, the more reps you get in more live situations to see how everybody reacts is always great too.”
With Mark Sanchez merely a handful of mistakes away from losing the starting job in New York, Tebow is standing by prepared just in case his number is called.
“I think it poses a challenge to make sure you’re always ready on the sideline," mentioned Tebow on his duty as backup quarterback. "You have to continue to warm up and throw, loosen up and make sure you’re always ready. I have to continue to work on the sideline but that’s fine with me.”
Jets’ quarterback coach Matt Cavenaugh has worked alongside the former University of Florida standout to help refine his throwing mechanics and emphasize a more timely release on drop-back passes. While Tebow is clearly a far cry from a traditional backup signal-caller, he plans to utilize his quarterback instincts and unique skill set in a multitude of positions this upcoming season.
“For most of this training camp, OTA’s, minicamp, I’ve been just a regular quarterback,” mentioned Tebow. "I’ve been training as a quarterback. When I’m going to be in the game (there will) be chances of running, chances (for) options, reads and things like that but you’re still a quarterback. You still have to read the defense, make reads and make checks. (There’s) a lot of thinking, a lot of thought process, a lot of decisions (that) go into that and ultimately, at quarterback, what you do is you make decisions. That’s what I’m trying to do back there so you’re still being a quarterback even though people might look at it differently.”
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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