Here's hoping Tim Tebow makes the Eagles

How can you not root for Tim Tebow, who's just trying to live his dream in the NFL?

I hope Tim Tebow makes it in the NFL this time.

He is the fifth quarterback on the Philadelphia Eagles roster, and that certainly isn’t a good position. But when a player doesn’t give up on his dream, as long as he keeps his chances in perspective, I will root for him.

It’s still a longshot for Tebow, who has played for Denver, New England and the New York Jets. A lot of teams bring in four and five quarterbacks just so the starter and backup don’t get tired from all the repetitions they take before the start of the regular season.

But in coach Chip Kelly’s wild and imaginative offense, Tebow has a chance because of his running ability and elusiveness in the pocket. Hopefully, he has worked on his mechanics and throwing motion in the two years he hasn’t played.

Each preseason, it always seems that the media finds one college player, usually a quarterback, to focus on and the coverage gets out of hand. With Tebow, I never thought he was going to be a great quarterback in the NFL despite winning the Heisman Trophy and leading Florida to two national titles.

He was successful in college because he could run, improvise and get others around him to perform better. But he never showed great accuracy, and that can’t be taught on any level. Either you're accurate or you aren’t.

I always thought he had a reasonable chance of making a team as a backup, but I never got into all the hype about his religious convictions and the legions of fans who followed him. He just seems to be a decent person pursuing a lifelong ambition, and just getting another opportunity to prove himself.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

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