A 2010 first-round draft pick, Tebow started 14 games for the Broncos over two seasons and was the team’s primary starter in 2011. Denver reached the playoffs and won a Wild Card game with Tebow under center, even if the onetime Florida star’s playing style was unconventional.
Tebow was a gifted runner but completed less than 50 percent of his passes with the Broncos. His former teammate, Eric Decker, explained what it was like playing with the southpaw during an appearance on “The Soup with Coop” with Cooper Manning.
Tebow, Decker said, threw “hard” but his passes “always had a wobble” to them. The former Heisman Trophy winner was a tremendous athlete in preseason workouts, but his limitations as a passer forced the team to tweak its offensive design.
“We had to kind of modify our three-step drop,” Decker explained. “In essence, the quarterbacks takes three steps and throws it, [the receiver] goes about six yards and the ball should be there. Well, we had to take it to like 10 yards because the ball wouldn’t be out on time. So we definitely modified our package.”
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The Broncos had some success with Tebow running the show, but the opportunity to sign Peyton Manning during the 2012 offseason was too good to pass up. Denver wound up trading Tebow to New York, where his quarterbacking days came to an end.
Now, the 33-year-old is attempting a football comeback as a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He still faces an uphill climb to make the roster, but reportedly “didn’t look out of place” at his new position during minicamp.