From the time Tebow was in high school, people have been saying he is not a quarterback and all he did in high school, college and the NFL was prove he was a quarterback. He also has done something veteran quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, Sam Darnold, Carson Wentz, Derek Carr and Ryan Fitzpatrick have never done, which is win a playoff game as a starting quarterback.
Tebow has always defied the odds, just like when he was the starter in Denver and everyone in the stadium knew he was going to run the ball, but nobody could stop him.
Now Tebow has done it again – this time doing something even more improbable. He has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end – a position he has never played in his life. Well, that is at least Head Coach Urban Meyer’s way of subtly getting an insurance policy for Trevor Lawrence in case my scouting report on Lawrence proves to be right.
I firmly believe Meyer gave the Jaguars’ fans who they were demanding in the draft, but Meyer actually got the guy he really wanted all along. Meyer just had to go about it in a very strategic and diplomatic way – a way that would ruffle the least amount of feathers.
Nobody knows better what Tebow is truly capable of more than Meyer. It was Meyer who recruited him at Florida, where Tebow won a National Championship.
And if I had to guess, this whole thing has been in the works for some time and it was Meyer being hired in Jacksonville that prompted Tebow to retire from baseball. The timeline certainly would suggest so. Tebow retired from the Mets a month and three days after Meyer was named. Meyer then found the least threatening way to get Tebow into the building – as a tight end. As the world chuckles, the chips will fall where they may, the proverbial cream will rise to the top and God’s will – will be done.
I believe God will “make a way where there seems to be no way,” for Tebow to get back under center this season. After all, that has been the story line of Tebow’s life.
And even if I am wrong and Tebow does not end up under center this season, you can expect to see Tebow make the roster and you can expect to see him throw the football for Jacksonville. Meyer undoubtedly will come up with some sort of razzle dazzle play or perhaps a new revolutionary package that befuddles defenses across the league. We could very well see something along the lines of Miami’s “Wildcat,” which would move the meter in Jacksonville. Lawrence throws a screen to Tebow – Tebow lets it fly – wide open – touchdown – you get the idea.
Either way, Tebow will throw the football this season – the title has never been important to God, whether that be quarterback, tight-end, tax collector or fisherman.
Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at whateverittakesbook.com. He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK.