Monday 11 December 2017

Quarterback Tim Tebow signs for Patriots

Newly-signed New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow
Newly-signed New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow

The New England Patriots have signed high-profile free agent quarterback Tim Tebow.

The 25-year-old was released by the New York Jets in April after a single disappointing season as Mark Sanchez's understudy, having previously spent two seasons with the Denver Broncos.


In 2011, his only season as a regular starter after replacing Kyle Orton early in the season, Tebow helped Denver turn around a 1-4 start to finish 8-8 and reach the play-offs.


They then upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23, Tebow throwing a game-winning 80-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas, before losing to the Patriots.


Head coach Bill Belichick said at a press conference: "Tim is a talented player that is smart and works hard. We'll see how it goes.


"I like Tim. I have a lot of respect for Tim. He's a talented guy, he's smart, he works hard. We've all seen him play. He can do a lot of things - we've seen that."


Belichick became evasive and brusque when asked to elaborate on Tebow's likely role, his position on the depth chart and the media attention likely to accompany his presence with the team.


Josh McDaniels, the Patriots' offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach, was Denver's head coach when they traded up to the first round to draft former Heisman Trophy winner Tebow in 2010.

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