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Handling Tebow's Role will Be Challenge For Jets

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Published on Jul 20, 2012

Tim Tebow will probably fling a few passes in big moments for the Jets this season.He might also run the ball a littleAnd hand it off too.The NFLs most popular backup quarterback could also play some on special teams as the punt protector and throw his body around while clobbering returners.Whatever Iam asked to do Tebow said during minicamp last month Iam going to do it.And everyone will be watching. With plenty of scrutiny.He is a football player the Jets coach said. We have said it for a long time. This guys an excellent football player and a great competitor.

He's New York's not-so-secret weapon — and the team's biggest mystery heading into training camp. Tebow is not a starter and has no defined role yet, but is expected to be a major part of the offense. He's listed as a quarterback — Mark Sanchez's backup, at that — but that's just merely a label as far as Rex Ryan is concerned."He's a football player," the Jets coach said. "We've said it for a long time. This guy's an excellent football player and a great competitor."Tebow also commands the spotlight. With his humble, aw-shucks persona and strong Christian beliefs, he's a fan favorite with the devoted following of a rock star. Billboards welcomed Tebowmania to the New York/New Jersey area after he was traded from Denver in March, and his green and white No. 15 Jets jersey is already one of the league's most popular. The front of his locker was jam-packed with reporters whenever he spoke during the offseason Again, for the backup quarterback.As for on the field, the Jets have revealed only this: Tebow will see plenty of action, likely out of a wildcat-style package, anywhere from a couple of plays to, as Ryan suggested, maybe as many as 20 per game.It's not necessarily a two-quarterback system, but rather, they envision Tebow as a souped-up version of wide receiver Brad Smith, the former college quarterback now with the Bills who was used sparingly in the Jets' wildcat for a few seasons..

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