A Seminole helping a Gator? Yes, that’s the power of Tebowmania.
Weinke, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State, confirmed to USA Today that he has been working with Tebow for about a month on improving his throwing mechanics.
"Do I think he can play the quarterback position in the NFL? Yeah, no question,'' Weinke told USA Today. "Like I told Tim when I found out (Monday) that he signed, 'You're locked and loaded, ready to go.'''
Weinke said he was impressed with Tebow’s legendary competitive drive.
"Tim's about as competitive a guy as you're ever going to be around,'' Weinke said. "Tim didn't spend any time talking about the Jets releasing him. But at the end of the day, he's been humbled and he's hungry.
"That's good. He'll go up to New England. And they'll be pleased with the way he's throwing the football."
As for the Patriots, don’t expect Tebowmania to overwhelm the strict camp that coach Bill Belichick has built in New England. At a news conference to announce Tebow was joining the team, Belichick made it clear there will be no media circus around the QB.
“Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interest of the team,” Belichick said. “Tim is a talented player, smart, works hard, so we'll see how it goes.”
Belichick wouldn't even say what position Tebow would play.
“We're going to do what's best for our football team, we'll see,” Belichick said. “We've all seen him play, he can do a lot of things. We've seen that.”
“I am happy for the young man to get another chance in the league,” Ryan said. “It didn't work out here. He obviously had more success in Denver. If they want to replace [Patriots QB Tom] Brady with him, that's fine.”
Tebow is expected to compete with Ryan Mallett for the backup quarterback spot with the Patriots. And although Tebow signed a two-year deal with New England, sources say there is no guaranteed money in the contact.
Tebow will have to prove himself to get a big payday.
Wire services contributed to this report.Roger Simmons is the executive sports editor for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@rogersimmons. Become a fan of the Orlando Sentinel Sports Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/orlandosentinelsports