BOSTON (CBS) – As he has all preseason, Tim Tebow is blocking out all the noise and just focusing on improving as a football player.
That noise is a little louder this week for the quarterback, with two rounds of roster cuts coming up.
But none of that matters to Tebow.
“I’m just focused on today,” he said Monday evening after the Patriots‘ practice session at Gillette.
The Patriots made five cuts on Monday, getting their roster down to 77 players. They’ll have to let two more players go by 4 p.m. on Tuesday to get to the mandatory 75 players, and after Thursday’s preseason finale against the Giants will have until Saturday to whittle their roster down to 53.
“I’m not worried about that,” he said of the impending cuts. “I learned very early on in my career at Florida to worry about what I can control and the things that I can’t control, I’m not going to spend time worrying about. But I can control my attitude, my effort, my focus every single day, and those are things I’m going to worry about.”
After sitting out the Patriots third preseason game against the Lions last week, Tebow said he isn’t sure how much of the field he’ll see on Thursday, or if he’ll play at all. But the goal in practice will remain the same; getting better and getting ready for when his number is called.
“Just another game,” Tebow said of Thursday. “You focus not even on that game, but preparing for that game, focus on today, the install and having a good practice.”
“I love playing; I love competing. Everybody does in this locker room,” he said. “We all love the game; that’s why we’re here. You just want to not focus on (roster cuts), but focus on the preparation right now, and that’ll take care of itself.”
In his two preseason games, Tebow is just 5-of-19 for 54 passing yards (he had -1 passing yard against Tampa Bay) and 61 rush yards. His fate could depend on what he does in Thursday night’s game, but he’s keeping that thought out of his head leading up to the tilt.
“You focus on something every single day, whether that is your rhythm, timing, accuracy, decision-making; whatever that is just learning and focus on those things everyday and trying to improve,” said Tebow. “I’ve been trying to get better every day, so hopefully that is something I’ve been able to do.”