Patriots' mini-camp got a lot more exciting after yesterday's announcement that the team had signed former New York Jets and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
On the eve of the beginning of the mandatory mini-camp session the news was leaked that the Patriots had reached an agreement with Tebow. As per ESPNBoston and NFL Insider Adam Shefter, the Patriots officially announced they had signed Tim Tebow on Tuesday morning to a two year contract with no money guaranteed.
Fast forward a couple of hours to Tuesday, and the Patriots and their newly signed quarterback hit the practice field for the first day of the three-day minicamp. Not only was he on a new team, but he was sporting a new uniform number. Accoridng to various sources such as Will Brinson of cbssports.com, Tebow showed up to practice wearing the No. 5 as opposed to the No. 15 that he had worn at Florida, New York and Denver.
According to Erik Scalavino of Patriots Football Weekly, Tebow did as much standing around as he did actual playing. Scalavino reports that Tebow watched the team during the 11-on-11 team period as Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett took most of the snaps. Tebow's only real action of the day came during the team's "opportunity" part of practice designed to give reps to newer younger players.
As practice ended, a swarm of reporters gathered to talk to Tebow and Tebow had this to say about his first day as a Patriot.
"First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity," he said. "I'm very thankful. It's such an honor to be a Patriot and play for coach [Bill] Belichick and coach [Josh] McDaniels, and learn under Tom [Brady] and be a part of this great franchise and very successful franchise. I found out first hand; lost to them several times.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to working hard every single day and getting a lot better and learning under some great people. That's all I got. Thank you all so much and God bless. I'm sure we'll be talking more soon."
After those statements Tebow ducked out of the media scrum and headed back to the locker room.
It will be interesting to see what head coach Bill Belichick does with Tebow as even he has no idea what he will do with him. “We’ll see, I don’t know,” he said flatly. “He’s a talented guy, he’s smart, he works hard. We’ve all seen him play. He can do a lot of things – we’ve seen that.”
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