‘There’s No Way’- Former NFL Player Critical of Tim Tebow’s Chances of Succeeding as a Tight End for Jacksonville Jaguars

Published 05/15/2021, 12:52 PM EDT


The Jacksonville Jaguars are the franchise to look out for in 2021. Coming into the 2021 NFL Draft with the first overall pick, the franchise selected rookie sensation Trevor Lawrence of Clemson. 

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With new Head Coach Urban Meyer at the helm, the Jaguars franchise embarks upon a fresh start in the league. But not everything about the franchise going forward is spanking new.  

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Jaguars recently signed former NFL player Tim Tebow to a 1-year contract. A former Heisman winner, Tebow played as quarterback for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. 

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But signing with the Jags, Tebow isn’t looking to return as a quarterback. Instead, the former QB will now play as a tight end. A decision that has not garnered the best of responses.

Jacksonville Jaguars criticized for signing Tebow 

Appearing on the Pat McAfee Show, former New England Patriots linebacker and 2-time Super Bowl champ Rob Ninkovich lambasted the idea of signing Tebow as a tight end. 

“I want you to think of this. It’s 3rd and 1, 4th and 1. All the personnel walk out to the field. You see Tim Tebow come onto the field, he’s going to block you on a 3rd and 1, 4th and 1. 

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“Are you like in your head thinking, ‘This guy, a quarterback is gonna come in here and become a blocking tight end and move me out of the way and let a play come in there and gain a yard?” questioned Ninkovich. 

That hypothetical scenario isn’t something Ninkovich was ready to back.

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“There’s no way. If you’re a quarterback, and you want to be like a receiver. I get it. But you have tight ends that have been working on their craft for like 10-15 years. They’ve worked on it for a lot of years,” he added.

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Many have criticized the move, saying that Tebow got the job due to his close ties with Meyer. The two won the national championship in college for the Florida Gators as coach and player. 

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With the Jaguars job being the first NFL gig for Meyer, perhaps having a known face around will help the Head Coach, known for his volatile temperament, feel more at home.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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