The Philadelphia Eagles may have a quarterback controversy brewing, and new rumors suggest that Tim Tebow could be at the heart of it.
Tebow was the surprise pickup of the offseason, with coach Chip Kelly taking a chance on the former Heisman winner after he was out of the league for two seasons. Many thought Tebow’s unique if a bit limited skill set could be a good fit for Kelly, who might use Tebow in short yardage or even two-point conversion situations.
But now it appears that Tebow could be taking on a more meaningful role. Though Tebow had a shaky spring with the team, looking inaccurate and slow to release the ball, SB Nation writer Brandon Lee Gowton believes Tebow could still be poised for a strong showing in the preseason.
Gowton also equated Tim Tebow to Trent Edwards, another shaky quarterback who came on for the Eagles.
“The Eagles signed Edwards before their OTA/minicamp period in 2012. He came in as a veteran quarterback who had experience starting the NFL, and once had a promising career in Buffalo, but then suffered injuries and poor play. Edwards was reportedly terrible for the Eagles in OTAs. They reportedly re-worked his entire throwing mechanics.
Edwards flew under the radar during training camp practices that year but then really surprised late in the preseason games. Granted, he was playing against third string players, but he looked sharp and largely mistake-free. Edwards played so well that the Eagles decided to cut Future Hall of Famer the younger Mike Kafka and keep him as their third string QB.”
Gowton is not the first to suggest that Tim Tebow could end up with a larger role for the Philadelphia Eagles. Past rumors indicated that he was outplaying third stringer Matt Barkley, which could earn Tebow a spot on the team’s roster to start the year.
But Tebow may be in an odd position, and keeping him may be an all-or-nothing proposition for Chip Kelly. If Tebow were to make the team he would likely have to be on the active roster, giving Kelly at least the threat of bringing him into the game in a given situation. Making it as a third stringer would likely put Tebow in an emergency-only situation, dropping his value considerably.
There is still plenty of time for the Philadelphia Eagles rumors to sort themselves out, and most of it will likely be determined when Tebow goes under center in a live game situation for the first time in two years.
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