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Could Quarterback Tim Tebow Possibly Be a Fit with New York Giants?

February 16th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The thought of Tim Tebow on the New York Giants is likely a laughable notion for many people on the surface. However, given Big Blue's love of project quarterbacks, their recent decision to carry three QBs on their 53-man roster the fact that Curtis Painter would be the only real competition for a roster spot, it may not be as far-fetched as it seems.

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Yes, the Giants have needs that far exceed that of a second or third string quarterback, but that doesn't necessarily mean they won't add some competition there. And yes, the hope is that Ryan Nassib continues to develop and takes over that No. 2 spot. But, with absolutely no NFL experience to speak of, the Giants may again be inclined to carry a veteran quarterback at either the No. 2 or No. 3 spot.

A year ago, the Giants had David Carr, Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib battle it out for two spots. In 2011 and 2012, they had Ryan Perrilloux in the mix, battling with Carr for the back-up spot. And here in 2014, they'll likely add another training camp/preseason quarterback for competition — so why not give Tim Tebow a chance?

After coming under fire for his delivery and a number of other fundamental issues, Tebow is said to have really turned a corner in his development and is allegedly throwing the ball better than he ever has. Plus, he also has a very important man in his corner: Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.

“I do feel bad for him. I hope he plays football,” Tisch said last year. “I think he’s got talent, I think he’s probably a decent guy and not a bad quarterback. So I wish him all the best. I sincerely wish him all the best.”

The reality is, even if Tebow were to join the Giants, he'd not see the field during the regular season. Even if he managed to make the team, he'd play third fiddle behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib. But at a minimum salary, coupled with the positive press it'd bring the Giants, a training camp tryout seems like a potential win/win.

And, unlike the New York Jets, the Giants have already proven their ability to handle a player like Tim Tebow — cornerback Prince Amukamara, an admitted Christian virgin, has been dubbed "The Black Tim Tebow." So why not give the real deal a chance? The worst that could happen is he brings a ton of positive press to Big Blue and hits the road following the conclusion of the preseason.

Note: No, we don't actually think the Giants would ever sign or seriously consider Tebow. But it's a lazy Sunday morning, so have fun with an unlikely hypothedical.


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Tags: Curtis Painter, David Carr, Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Ryan Nassib, Ryan Perrilloux, Steve Tisch, Tim Tebow

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15 Responses to “Could Quarterback Tim Tebow Possibly Be a Fit with New York Giants?”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Click click click click click Benton is a genius!

  2.  nick86 says:

    The only potential FAs the giants should be worrying about are the ones who are 300lbs and up!!!!

  3.  Eric S says:

    I see Dan is branching off into parody now ;)
    Since we’re talking about useless QB’s, for the live of all that is Giants blue can we not waste a roster spot on Painter or any other vet QB? Not only does it waste precious cap dollars but they’ll just steal valuable reps from Nassib.

    There’s no way that kid had a chance to look good behind a line that was even worse than our starters and eventual back ups, while ceding valuable reps to not one but 2!! other QB’s in the NFL’s most insanely complex passing game. He was doomed to look poor. If he’s going to be a viable backup or trade chip or even eventual successor than he needs reps and legit playing time in the preseason. Something I believe Mara said as well.

  4.  jerseyrich says:

    No, I don’t want Tebow on the team unless its revealed that he’s actually a great TE.

    At this point though, I would probably feel more confident with him running the team than Nassib.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    Wonder what Tebow’s view of Michael Sam is? Wonder if he sides with Thomas?

    And how many would call him a “bible bigot” if he did? Where is Kujo when you really need him? Oh wait, locked in a walk in freezer………….

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, like Michael Cervellino said, it’s going to be an exciting off-season because this time around there HAS to be change, and the extent of the changes should be dramatic.

    stuh, I COMPLETELY agree that Jim Lee Howell should have gone for that first down on the 50-yard line but in those days ALL the coaches took the conservative approach. Problem was, Unitas and Berry had just proved that they had figured out the Giants’ defense and I think what happened next was predictable. It certainly was, though, a great game.

    The Giants absolutely MUST get at least one starting offensive lineman in free agency, even if they have to overpay to get him. And I believe they must draft at least two offensive linemen in May, and both should be among their top four picks. They probably also need to look for two UDFA linemen to bring to camp. And they’d better hope that one of Brewer and Mosley has developed to the point where he could start on the O-line for at least the 2014 season.

    Richie Incognito is a first-class jerk, and perhaps a genuine bully. I wonder, though, if it would be worth taking a look at him since it’s quite possible that a combination of the Giants’ culture and his knowledge that another slip would be the end of his career will make him a reasonably decent citizen from this point forward and a pretty decent offensive guard. This would be the Bizarro version of Tim Tebow. And mentioning it as a possibility would get Dan even MORE clicks. But I happen to be serious in wondering if this might be a rational gamble.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      You aren’t alone on Incognito (I feel the same way)… sure there are many people who secretly feel exactly the same way (including many NFL execs) but are too afraid of the PC blowback they’d receive by saying it. Its a great country we’re devolving into.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    Context REPOST: Plus I think the Giants have “enough” left in the locker room to manage a character like Incognito. Along with his being a jerk bag, Pouncey and othes can get it mug shot too.

    They really IMO did nothing that is not going on in other locker rooms. The fact that Martian has genuine emotional issues is what blew it out of the water.
    An NFL locker room is no place for the faint of heart. That might never change.

    Michael Cervellino says:
    February 16, 2014 at 9:06 AM
    I agree that the Giants must prioritize offensive line, but the hardest part of being a Giants fan, is that even though we know what needs to be done, it is difficult to predict how the front office will do it. I don’t see the game changing FA’s out there that others do. The top guys are Branden Albert, Jared Veldheer, Rodger Saffold, Michael Oher, Jon Asamoah, and Alex Mack as the names that come to mind, however all either a) will be prioritized by their own teams b) command big money c) have warts in their game. Still think we may go get one of these guys, plus a guy like Marshall Newhouse (GB connects) or Eric Pears for depth. As for the draft, there are about 5 tackles worth their salt, so if you want them you better get them in rounds 1-2. Matthews, Robinson, Lewan, Kouandjio, and Tiny Richardson. Personally, I’m like the Giants in that I prefer “four for one” players that can play any spot but center. If I didn’t think it was crazy to go get a 6’4 305 versatile player w 32? arms and flawless technique for the second year in a row, I’d say Zack Martin would be our choice. He’s old school and he’s flying up draft boards, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Also like OT Morgan Moses, OG David Yankey, C’s Weston Richburg, Tyler Larsen, and Zac Kerin late round guy) and everybody should do due diligence on Joel Bitonio of Nevada a 6’4 307 tackle to guard conversion who’s as nasty as they come. Versatile guys like James Hurst of UNC and Brandon Thomas of Clemson will be there about round 4. I agree the Giants were super weak up the middle, but who other than Beatty and Pugh can play tackle? You are going to need 4 new players to fill out the offensive line: 2 outside guys and 2 inside guys. I think 2 will come via FA and 2 from the draft, but FA will be tricky because I believe maximum cap savings will only be achieved by jettisoning Snee and Baas after June 1. Anyway, it’s an exciting time because this time there has to be change.

    rlhjr says:
    February 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM
    I agree the Giants need swing type players. I would not go with Martian in the first round. In fact the only first round guy (IMO) once all the blue chip tackles are gone is David Yankey. He would be a stretch at tackle, but there isn’t a better guard in the draft in any round. And the Giants O-line could use his help at guard.

    There are a few players whom may last until its the Giants turn to pick in the third round.

    That’s all good, but the Giants cant lose site of the defense either. Some combination of FA and draft picks can help the O-line right away. But if Tuck, Joseph and Kiwi leave, the defense is going to need some help.

  8.  rlhjr says:

    Cant say I know who the Giants are going to select. However, positions would dictate the following order:

    1. Offensive Line
    2. Defensive Back
    3. Defensive Line
    4. Receiver
    5. Running Back
    6. Linebacker
    7. Tight End

    Of course this all changes after combine/free agency. Why even bother?
    Because its fun….
    7. Offensive line.

  9.  rlhjr says:

    Dan this one’s for you:

    Giants draft Sam, then sign Incognito and give Tebow a shot at backup QB and special teams. Now that would be a locker room for the ages. Fox news would be camped outside the stadium…………….LMFAO

    •  jerseyrich says:

      And then on top of that we are forced by the league to do “Hard Knocks”. It might be the most watched program in tv history.

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