BOSTON (CBS) — There’s no question that among all of the Patriots’ new additions for 2013, Tim Tebow has generated the most attention. There’s just something about the 25-year-old quarterback that drives folks into a tizzy, whether it be to passionately argue the case for him as a viable NFL player or to angrily state that he doesn’t belong anywhere near a pro locker room.
What can sometimes get lost in that never-ending debate is that Tebow hasn’t even made the Patriots roster yet.
While his preseason debut had its ups and downs (4-for-12 passing for 55 yards, four rushes for 31 yards and three sacks), head coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that he’s not yet in a position to discuss the chances of Tebow making the 53-man roster.
“That’s not anything that we’re ready to talk about right now,” Belichick said. “Lot of competition out there, we’ll see how it all plays out.”
When asked if Tebow has improved, Belichick did what he normally does in choosing to speak of everyone rather than one specific player.
“I’d say every player that’s been out there on a consistent basis has improved, and that includes everybody. That’s what training camp is for,” Belichick said. “I would say that about every player that’s had a chance to get out there and participate on a regular basis, that they’ve all improved a great deal. Certainly some are at different stages of their career, and the improvement may be at different rates at different times, but I think as a team we’ve definitely come a long way from where we were at the beginning of training camp at the end of July.”
While it’s anyone’s guess whether Tebow will survive final cuts and remain on the roster when the regular season begins, it’s safe to assume that the thousands of fans who spent their hard-earned money on a shiny new No. 5 Patriots jersey are sure hoping he makes the squad.