The light at the end of the tunnel for Tim Tebow might be a freight train.
Eyes were opened, jaws dropped and Tweets sent when Jaguars coach Urban Meyer decided to reunite with once-great Florida QB and NFL washout Tebow, with the 33-year-old converting from quarterback to tight end for his potential run in Florida.
Tebow, as we know, has an uphill climb to make it on the Jaguars’ 53-man roster beading into the regular season — and Meyer didn’t exactly give the tight end convert the most ringing endorsement to make the team on Thursday.
Speaking with the USA Today, Meyer offered a total non-answer about Tebow’s chances at making the opening day roster with Jacksonville:
The last thing you just said is the tough part — that’s 53. That’s new to me, that’s the reality of the NFL, that you have 90 players. So to me, he’s one of 90, he’s a guy that’s … what’s the difference between him and the other 40 guys trying to make the team? To me, it’s all the same. This is their livelihood, this is their job, this is the way they make a living. And the reality is that a good percentage of your roster is gonna get cut or get transitioned out of here, which, to me, that’s completely new. In college, you’ve got your 85, 90 guys, you fit ’em in, you put the puzzle together. It’s much different here.
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The word salad here tossed up by Meyer is a total non-answer to USA Today host Mackenzie Salmon’s question, which was what Tebow has to do to make the 53-man roster and what he has to do to make it on the field in a game.
Really, if Tebow doesn’t make the roster, it won’t be much of a surprise: He’s a 33-year-old former NFL quarterback making his return to the field after eight years away, who has never taken snaps as a tight end in the league before (he does have a target, though).
But that begs the question: What exactly was Meyer’s endgame with signing Tebow this offseason? Was he brought in to sell jerseys (which they did)? Was he brought in as a player-coach? Was Meyer in too deep on trying to do things his way?
Expect a non-answer for those questions, too.