The prospect that Tim Tebow will make the Jacksonville Jaguars’ final roster is shrinking. And after throwing one of the worst blocks in NFL history Saturday, the window is getting even smaller.
Though, in fairness, the block Tim Tebow used against his teammate Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms was solid. The Jaguars went on to lose 23-13 Saturday to the Browns. But no one can pin that on Tebow, as he was a non-factor the entire game. The Jaguars’ quarterbacks only targeted Tebow once, but he didn’t come down with the catch.
But he did stand out for one play. Although, it was for all the worst reasons.
Learning blocking schemes is difficult. And the former Heisman Trophy winner showed how hard it is when he went to block Browns defensive end Curtis Weaver.
On what was a simple outside sweep, Tebow’s job was to seal the edge. He kind of accomplished this by throwing himself at Weaver. Though he just bounced off of him like a little kid playing tackle football with his 250-lb dad. To make matters worse, Tebow jumped to his feet and blocked the closest person to him. Unfortunately, that was his own teammate.
You can see the blocks in all their profundity below.
Tim Tebow still has two more preseason games to impress his coaches if he hopes to make the team.
Tim Tebow Probably Won’t Make Jaguars Roster
Whether Tim Tebow makes the team or not is irrelevant at this point. The learning curve for the tight-end position — and every position in the NFL — is so high the fact that he wasn’t cut outright is probably a win. But Tebow believes he can make the team. His coaches think otherwise.
“It’s an uphill battle,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told USA Today. “He’s learning a brand new position. But if you’ve ever been around that guy — I’ve only been around him for a few months — you won’t see a guy who prepares, trains, and puts more into it than him.
“He’s put in hours upon hours. To be where he is right now, on the field in an NFL training camp, I think speaks a lot to his commitment.”
Jags coach Urban Meyer coached Tim Tebow at the University of Florida, and they won two national championships. It was Meyer’s idea to give Tebow a shot. But now, he seems to realize Tebow isn’t going to make it.
“He has good hands. In his drill work, he’s great, but when you get in a competitive moment, just [because of his] lack of experience he wants to body the ball,” Meyer said after a practice last week. “When you get to a point where two people are going after it, you have to go get the ball.
“He is fighting through that a little bit, but he has the skill set to catch the ball.”
Meyers added that he would take “subjectivity” out of who makes the final 53-man roster.
“[Competition is] alive and well and the reality of 90 players is that you’re going knock it down to 53. That’s reality,” Meyer added. “I had a chat with the team about that and I think I want to take the subjectivity out of it.”