Saturday, May 26, 2012

Five Roles Besides Quarterback that Tim Tebow May Serve for the New York Jets ... - Yahoo! Sports

According to a New York Post report, Tim Tebow looked terrible in his first New York Jets practice that was open to the media.

Tebow, who was quite indecisive on offense, threw interceptions on consecutive passes, and failed to find any consistent rhythm.

"It's definitely frustrating, but it's 7-on-7 and both those plays are the first time I've ran them. I'll learn from it," Tebow said in the report. "Honestly, it won't bother me again. When you make a bad play, just put it behind you and move on. I feel like I did. I went out there the next team period and felt like I did OK. You just have to remember where you are and what you're doing. That was 7-on-7 and the first time running those plays."

With Mark Sanchez already way ahead of Tebow in the early stages of the offseason, is it already time for the New York Jets to start looking into switching positions for the former Denver Broncos standout?

Here's a look at five other roles besides quarterback that Tebow can settle into this season:

1) Personal protector on punt team: reports that Tebow lined up during the Jets' offseason team activities as a personal protector on the punt team, which means he may take a direct snap on a fake punt attempt. This would also make him responsible to run down the field and make tackles if the team doesn't attempt the fake.

2) H-back: Tebow is a multidimensional player, and he may be useful as an "H-back." In this position, the "H-back" sets up like a tight end, but is set back from the line of scrimmage. This would make Tebow a lead blocker, but also give him the opportunity to catch passes in the middle of the field.

3) Running Back: Tebow is similar to former New York Jets utility man Brad Smith in that he is versatile and brings a lot of different weapons to the table. If Tebow can't find his range at quarterback, there's no doubt that he can use his 6-3, 236-pound frame to run the ball in short yardage situations.

4) Tight End: The tight end position seems to fit Tebow's style well, as it's a hybrid role that utilizes various elements of his skillset. Tebow has the right body type for the position, but are his hands soft enough for the wide receiver elements of the role?

5) Holder: Former New York Jets backup quarterback Mark Brunell was the team's holder on field goals and extra points through the end of 2011. With the 41-year-old now a free agent, perhaps Tebow will fill into the role of holder as the season progresses.

What other positions should Tim Tebow be used in? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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