Tim Tebow is currently on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster, but does the former quarterback actually have a realistic chance to make the team at tight end?
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is the one who will ultimately make that decision. Meyer, of course, coached Tebow in college, where he won two national championships at Florida. It’s probably fair to say that Tebow is only in Jacksonville because of his relationship with Meyer.
But Meyer will not be taking it easy on his former collegiate quarterback.
The Jaguars head coach had a brutally honest admission on Tebow while joining the Rich Eisen Show on Thursday.
“I’m on his foundation board,” Meyer told Eisen. “I know Tim, we talk. I knew he was getting ready to go play pro baseball. He mentioned to me that, ‘I’m in the best shape of my life,’ and you can tell he is. And we had a chat, and he said, ‘Well, could you have a couple guys look at me?’ And I said, obviously, let me think this thing through…if it’s confidential, yeah I’ll let some guys look at you, and I showed up, and I left on purpose. Our GM was there, our tight end coach and our offensive coordinator were there, and they put him through a workout, and they came back to me and said, ‘My gosh, this guy’s in incredible shape. He’s a big athlete. Our tight end room has been struggling.’ … they gave him some things to work on, and then they brought him back, and they came to me and said I think we should give him a shot.'”
Meyer, though, added that it will be extremely difficult for Tebow to make the team.
“What’s the percentage of making the team? We don’t know, this is uncharted water, this is gonna be very difficult, but he’s been doing great,” Meyer said. “He’s been doing great in practice, he’s learning the offense as you can imagine. He’s working as hard as anybody. I see a good camaraderie amongst the team and Tim, and it’s been good so far.”
Tebow will likely be on the Jaguars roster through the summer and the team will ultimately make a decision on him in the preseason.