George Diaz | En Fuego
5:56 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
And so Tim Tebow, NFL orphan, has finally found a home.
Tim Tebow will sign with the New England Patriots and is expected to participate in minicamp Tuesday, league sources told ESPN's Ed Werder Monday.
Woah. It’s the perfect marriage: Tebow, a noted Christian warrior, teaming up with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
The Saint and the Sinner.
But let’s also remember that Tebow will also get reunited with the one guy in the NFL who believes in him the most _ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He was the guy who felt so strongly about Tebow that he drafted him in the first round in 2010, marking the start of the polarizing Tebow NFL frenzy.
This is a great move for Tebow. He has no pressure. Even the Tebow loony tunes who think he has the potential to become the next Joe Montana should understand that there is no way he can beat out Tom Brady for the starting QB job.
I don't even see Tebow as a "goal line guy." Brady is highly effective inside the 10-yard-line and doesn't need any short-yardage help.
Expect Tebow to be featured in some sort of gimmicky role inspired by one of the brilliant minds in the league.
I’ve said this all along: Tebow’s best shot at staying employed in the NFL is to give up the QB thing and switch positions. Expect Tebow to be part of several packages, an H-Back deal, maybe some work at tight end, and a special teams slot.
I suspect this also has something to do with the health issues involving tight ends for the Pats. Two-time NFL All-Pro Rob Gronkowski may be out indefinitely following his recent forearm surgeries. He is expected to have back surgery as well.
Aaron Hernandez is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
Will Tim Tebow get some siginifcant reps at tight end?
We shall see. This much we know:
He’s back with McDaniels, and Belichick, one of the most innovative coaches in the NFL.
And playing for a team used to the spotlight, with a starting quarterback who has as much job security as anyone in the league.
It’s the perfect spot for Tebow.
Good for him, and obviously good for the league. Tebow, despite his lack of skill sets as a quarterback, has star power.George Diaz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @georgediaz