By Ed Baylor: New England Patriots running back Leon Washington sees newly acquired quarterback Tim Tebow as being a talented player, and hard worker. Washington, 30, was signed during the off season in coming to the Patriots after having played three seasons as a backup with the Seattle Seahawks and 4 seasons with the New York Jets after being drafted in the 4th round by them in 2006 out of Florida State.
Washington said in an interview with Jacksonville’s 1010 XL Radio in Jacksonville, Florida, “He [Tebow] works hard, he’s smart, and he’s a talented football player. He’s one of those guys, you can definitely tell that he wants to be great. It’s good to be working with him.”
Tebow is going to need to work really hard if he wants to be able to make the team because it’s unclear right now whether the Patriots will be carrying two or three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster this season.
The way it’s looking it might be only two because the Patriots owner Robert Kraft is talking about how he hopes that Tebow can make the team, but it would seem like an almost certainty that he’ll be on the team this year if the Patriots carry three quarterbacks because there are only three quarterbacks in camp right now.
Tebow will have to out-perform #2 quarterback Ryan Mallett during training camp and the preseason games if he wants any possibility of seeing any playing time this season because as a 3rd stringer, Tebow’s only chances of playing is if the Patriots use him in the backfield as an H back or a tight end. Barring that, the only way Tebow sees action is in mop up duty where the Patriots are way, way ahead of an opponent and they don’t want to take chances with using their starter Tom Brady or backup Mallett in case they get hurt.
In that case, Tebow could come in and see some playing time, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen because that’s so unlikely to happen.