Colin Kaepernick's name buzzes on social media as Jaguars are reportedly set to sign Tim Tebow as tight end

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Colin Kaepernick's name was invoked Monday as it was reported the Jacksonville Jaguars were planning on signing Tim Tebow to a one-year deal at a new position – tight end.

Tebow has not played in a regular-season NFL game since the 2012 season with the New York Jets and was initially reluctant to switch positions, deciding on a career in broadcasting and professional baseball before apparently trying his hand at pro football again.

He also had a workout for a few teams a couple of years ago, but never got the call.

While Tebow appeared to be close to joining the Jaguars, social media users were wondering when Kaepernick was going to get his chance again.

In Kaepernick’s last season in the NFL, he had 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in 12 games. He had 2,241 passing yards and 468 rushing yards.

Kaepernick doesn’t appear to be up for changing positions like Tebow, and there doesn’t exactly appear to be a starting job open at the quarterback position on any team right now. The Jaguars need help at tight end, but Tebow would really have to develop at the position to become a full-fledged starter. He only had one target at the position in his entire career.

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Report: Jaguars to sign QB-turned-TE Tim Tebow to 1-year contract

Yahoo Sports 11 May, 2021 - 08:00am

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

The Jacksonville Jaguars are "planning" to sign Tebow to a one-year deal, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Tebow has changed positions from quarterback to tight end, and will once again be working with his former college coach Urban Meyer, now the Jaguars' head coach.

Tebow, 33, last appeared in an NFL game in 2012 as a member of the New York Jets. The Denver Broncos drafted him in 2010 with their first-round pick, but the flaws in his game prevented him from finding consistent success. Tebow was shuttled off to the New York Jets in 2012 after the Broncos signed Peyton Manning, then released after one season. He attempted to pick up with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, but never made it past the preseason. 

Baseball was Tebow's next stop, as he tried to make it as an MLB player. Signed by the New York Mets in September 2016, he spent the next four seasons in the minors. He made it as far as Triple-A before deciding to retire in Feb. 2021. 

Tebow was working with Meyer the last time he had any kind of sustained success on the football field. That was over a decade ago. Now, Tebow is a brand new tight end and Meyer is a brand new NFL coach. Maybe they're hoping they can recapture some of the magic they had in their Florida days. 

Tim Tebow is back in the National Football League, signing a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Tebow — who will be 34 years old when the season begins — is getting a second chance at the NFL thanks in part to his former college head coach, Urban Meyer, taking over in Jacksonville. With the Jaguars spending the No. 1 overall pick on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Tebow won't be back in the league throwing passes, rather he'll be looking to catch them as a tight end.

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Opinion: What makes Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow think an NFL reunion won't be a disaster?

Yahoo Sports 11 May, 2021 - 08:00am

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

The duo appears set to reunite with the Jacksonville Jaguars, for reasons obvious only to the two of them. They are more than a decade removed from their days of being the hottest combination in football, in a setting that barely resembles the scene of their greatest success. Yet they’re both somehow convinced this is going to work.

Which just shows how large their egos are, and how little they really know.

Tebow was a bust as an NFL quarterback, shipped out of Denver even after he’d won a playoff game. He threw 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 35 games over three seasons, and his career quarterback rating was just 75.3.

He hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2012. Hasn’t even been around the league since 2015, spending much of the past five years trying to make it in baseball, instead.

But Tebow is convinced he can contend for a spot on the Jaguars roster. At a position, tight end, that he’s never played. At an age – he’ll be 34 in August – when most players are winding down their careers.

Even more mind-boggling, Meyer is putting his own NFL career on the line to let him try.

Meyer is a tremendous coach, there is no denying that. But he has always believed he knows more than he does, and he has a history of letting his personal feelings influence his thinking. This looks like the worst combination of both.

Meyer would be the first to admit he has a soft spot for Tebow, and with good reason. They won two national titles together at Florida. Tebow is, by all accounts, a charming and likeable person.

But the NFL is a business, with no room for nostalgia or personal affection. Particularly for a team trying to build around a rookie quarterback.

Converting Tebow to tight end will take the coaching staff’s time and attention, and that is a distraction the Jaguars can’t afford when they need to be devoting every second to Trevor Lawrence’s development.

Worse, Meyer runs the risk of losing his locker room long before he can win his first game.

Meyer has already stepped in it once, hiring a strength coach who’d been accused of racism and bullying by more than a dozen players, most of them Black, when he was at Iowa. Now he’s going to bring in the teacher’s pet.

Meyer no doubt sees Tebow’s character and work ethic as providing a good example for the Jaguars. But this isn’t the college game. The guys in his locker room are grown men fighting for their jobs. They don’t need lessons from a guy who has yet to prove himself in the NFL, and whose best days are more than a decade behind him.

It also will not be lost on some that Tebow is getting yet another chance while Colin Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl the same year Tebow could barely get off the New York Jets’ bench, has been blackballed.

Tebow will also bring added media attention, and the hype of fans who adore him for nothing related to his athletic abilities. While he can’t control that sideshow, it will rub some of the Jaguars the wrong way and that has the potential to create a toxic atmosphere in the locker room.

But Tebow and Meyer aren’t worried about any of that. They’ve won once, no doubt they can do it again.

Which only shows how ill-equipped they both are for the NFL.

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Jaguars expected to sign former QB-turned-TE Tim Tebow to one-year deal

NFL.com 11 May, 2021 - 08:00am

Headlines you didn't expect to see when 2021 began: Tim Tebow is back in the NFL.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to sign Tebow to a one-year contract, per sources informed of the situation. The deal is expected to be official in the next week or so.

Tebow recently worked out as a tight end with the Jags in days leading up to the NFL draft.

It's a position switch scouts implored the former Denver Broncos first-round quarterback to make more than a decade ago.

After Tebow spent two seasons with the Broncos, compiling an 8-6 record as a starting QB, including a string of wild late-game victories, John Elway replaced Tebow with Peyton Manning. The Heisman Trophy winner spent one tabloid-frenzied season with the New York Jets in 2012. He attempted just eight passes, completing six while playing special teams and carrying the ball 32 times for 102 yards, primarily out of the Wildcat. He then spent offseasons with the Patriots (2013) and Eagles (2015), respectively, before washing out of the NFL.

After a media stint, Tebow tried his hand at baseball, spending the past five years in the New York Mets system.

With his former Florida coach, Urban Meyer, taking over in Jacksonville, the Jags will give Tebow a shot to get back into the NFL as a tight end.

The 33-year-old hasn't played in the regular season in nine years and hasn't been in a football training camp since his Philly stint in 2015. To say it's a long shot for Tebow to make the roster is an understatement.

Still, to paraphrase Lloyd Christmas, we're saying there's a chance.

The Jaguars tight end's room is woefully thin. Blocking TE Chris Manhertz sits atop the depth chart, and rookie fifth-rounder Luke Farrell could be in line for a sizable role. James O'Shaughnessy, Tyler Davis, and Ben Ellefson fill out the TE room. Into that void, Tebow will attempt to reconjure his NFL career.

If Tebow had been willing to make the position switch years and years and years ago, perhaps he wouldn't have been wallowing away on a minor league baseball roster hovering around the Mendoza Line.

Tebow attempting an NFL comeback in 2021 took a confluence of circumstances. Meyer joining the Florida-based club hoping to generate headlines and sell merchandise, along with fill a glaring need at a position, and the former QB's willingness to finally consider switching positions all coalesced to bring Tebow back to football in 2021.

Now, we'll see if he can win a job.

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