By Ed Baylor: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow increased his chances of making the Eagles 53-man roster for the regular season with his fine performance against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday in the Eagles 34-10 victory, according to ESPN. Tebow completed 6 of 12 passes for 69 yards.
Tebow also rushed 4 times for 15 yards with 1 touchdown run of 7 yards in the last 2 minutes of the game. Eagles coach Chip Kelly was said to be impressed, and is leaning in the direction of keeping Tebow on as the Eagles 3rd string quarterback behind starter Sam Bradford and 2nd stringer Mark Sanchez.
Tebow has been completing with third year quarterback Matt Barkley for the 3rd string spot on the team, but it’s looking like Tebow will be getting the spot. The Eagles are reportedly shopping Barley around to different teams to see if they get any takers.
“The source said Kelly’s excitement for Tebow is getting stronger,” said ESPN.com. “Kelly is impressed by Tebow’s running skill, and although he’s not perfect, he’s improved throwing the football, making him valuable with the new two-point rule and in short-yardage situations.”
Kelly wants to use Tebow as the team’s quarterback for 2-point conversion attempts this season. The NFL has decided to change the rule for the after point for this season to test it out, which means quarterbacks like Tebow have a lot of value in being able to convert on the 2 point conversions.
Tebow is an excellent runner from the red zone and almost impossible to stop because he’s shifty and powerful. Even when you hit him head one, he’s got the strength to knock 300 pound lineman backwards when he had has a head start and is running downhill.
For Tebow to make the Eagles team, he can’t afford to make a lot of mistakes. They’ll obviously forgive him if he completes only 50% of his throws like he did last Sunday, but if he can only complete a low percentage of his throws, and if he tosses a lot of interceptions, then you’ve got bet that he’ll not make the roster. But thus far, Tebow has impressed in the Eagles first preseason game against the Colts and he’s looked good in the team’s practices. Tonight, the Eagles will be playing the Baltimore Ravens at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
The Eagles can’t afford to use starter Sam Bradford for the short yardage situations. Bradford is coming off of back to back torn ACL knee injuries that have wiped out his last two seasons. He’s not able to run the ball obviously. Eagles’ 2nd string quarterback Mark Sanchez doesn’t have the running skills or physical build to run the ball the way the Eagles need.