By Jeff Fetter: Despite all the fuss that was made about the New England Patriots signing quarterback Tim Tebow to a 2-year contract, he has very little chance of making the Patriot’s 53-man roster this season, according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak. He gives the 25-year-old Tebow only 25 percent chance of making the team, and while his thoughts are based on guesswork, he’s probably correct. Tebow doesn’t have a very good chance of making the Patriots roster because they already have two excellent quarterbacks in starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett.
Rodak said to ESPN: “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 Mallet locks down the job backing up Tom Brady, and it would be an upset if Tebow can push Mallett for that job.”
The Patriots drafted the 6’6″ Mallett out of Arkansas in the 2012 draft, and he plays more like a 1st round draft pick than a 3rd rounder. He’s got a powerful arm and is able to effortlessly complete long passes to receivers. Tebow is less skilled in this area and he’s going to have to show some development in order to reach that plateau.
Tebow could make the roster if the Patriots decide to keep three quarterbacks on the team, but it’s unclear whether they do that. But even if they do, it’s not going to do Tebow any good if he’s buried at 3rd string with no chance of playing during the season. Brady rarely gets injured, but if he does, Mallett will be the one that comes in for him to play unless Tebow is able to beat him out for the position. Tebow is the more experienced quarterback in the NFL from his seasons with the Denver Broncos, so there’s a possibility he could land the 2nd string position if he shows leadership and performs well in the preseason games.