The New England Patriots have had a very uncharacteristic offseason with plenty of splashes in the headlines off the field. From signing sideshow quarterback Tim Tebow to the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, the Patriots have strayed from the “Patriot Way”.
While the Tebow jersey got a lot of fans attention, it may not be a move that makes much of an impact on the team heading in to the season.
According to Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston, Tebow has just a 25 percent chance to make the team’s 53-man roster.
The operative word when it comes to Tebow and the Patriots is “value,” and precisely how much value Tebow would provide to New England. Roles on the 46-man game-day roster are precious, and Tebow’s character off the field or simply his athleticism on the field won’t be enough to justify making him active for games. As long as Ryan Mallett locks down the job backing up Tom Brady — and it would be an upset if Tebow can push Mallett for that job — then Tebow will need to earn his playing time through a well-defined role on special teams and in the offense. It will be an uphill battle.
As soon as it was announced that Tebow would be playing “quarterback only” and that there were no plans to use him as a Wildcat quarterback, the writing was on the wall that Tebow was a long shot to make the roster.
His best chance at success is making the transition to H-back or tight end, where the Patriots have a sudden need, but that is not in the plans and the Patriots have no interest in keeping a below average quarterback whenever they already have plenty of talent at that position.
Tebow’s most likely chance to find a home for the 2013 NFL season is to have a phenomenal pre-season and use attract a team in that manner.