It didn't take long for Jaguars fans to show their appreciation for the team's new tight end. During the Jaguars' first public training camp practice Thursday, Jacksonville fans showered Tim Tebow with cheers as the 33-year-old continues his quest to make the Jaguars' 53-man roster.
Tebow, whose No. 85 jersey became the NFL's top-selling item within 24 hours of signing with the Jaguars back in May, is hoping to make an NFL regular season roster for the first time since 2012, when he was active for 12 games as a member of the New York Jets. A former quarterback, Tebow went 9-7 (including the postseason) as the Broncos' starting quarterback during the 2010 and '11 seasons.
Tebow is one of six tight ends that will try to make the Jaguars' 53-man roster. And while he caught passes from both Gardner Minshew and Trevor Lawrence on Thursday, CBS Sports NFL senior writer Pete Prisco offered a grim assessment of Tebow after observing a Jaguars minicamp practice last month.
"He's the smallest tight end on the field, by far," Prisco said of Tebow on CBS Sports HQ. "He looks like one of the kids who didn't grow in his seventh grade year and everybody else grew. That's what he looks like on the field.
"He did catch a pass, [but] he's got a lot of work to do. He's a project. He's a kid that's trying to transition to a new position. That's hard to do. It's even tougher when you're 33 years old. I don't expect him to make the team. I'd be shocked if he made the team. And some people will say, 'Well, use him as a gimmick. Maybe use him as a backup quarterback.' Well, he's not a good passer, and if you're taking Trevor Lawrence off the field, that's a mistake. So I think he has to make the team as a tight end. I don't think he will make the team."
The 6-foot-2 Tebow's competition at tight end includes rookie Luke Farrell, Chris Manhertz, James O'Shaughnessy, Tyler Davis and Ben Ellefson. And while his size, age and lack of experience at the position are obstacles that he will have to overcome, Tebow clearly has a believer in his former head coach, Urban Meyer.
"Oh, Tim has done a decent job. We all know this is a new position for him," Meyer said of Tebow during OTAs, via Jon Reid of the Florida Times-Union. "He's a great teammate. In the locker room, I can see everybody getting along, we have good chemistry on our team. But he's picked it up decently."