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Tim Tebow threw for minus-1 passing yard Friday

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Tim Tebow threw for NEGATIVE ONE passing yards Friday. (USATSI)
Tim Tebow threw for minus-1 passing yards Friday against the Bucs. (USATSI)

The world's already set far too much virtual ink on fire talking about Tim Tebow. The Patriots' third-string quarterback is theoretically competing with Ryan Mallett for the backup job behind Tom Brady, but come on.

And Tebow hasn't done anything since joining the Patriots that would make you think he's a viable alternative to, well, anyone. But Friday night may have been the nadir, as Tebow threw for minus-1 passing yard in the Pats' win over the Buccaneers.

No, really. That happened:

Do the rushing yards make it better or worse? Because I'm inclined to think the latter.

As you might expect, none of the seven passing attempts were particularly pretty. Tebow was bailed out by the Buccaneers -- and remember, he's not exactly going against starters here -- when they dropped an interception on a deep throw that he badly shorted.

He ran the ball all right, but it's not like the Pats are going to keep him around so he can be a gimmick. They have Brady, and why take Brady off the field?

The only question is whether Bill Belichick, when it comes time to cut down his roster, is going to end up agreeing with Pete Prisco:

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