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It’s official. Tim Tebow is no longer a member of the Patriots! The Patriots have finally come to their senses and released their third string quarterback according to ESPN’s Adan Schefter. In what might have come to a shock to some, Tebow was asked to turn in his playbook on Saturday even before the roster deadline.
Earlier in the week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft publicly said he was “rooting for” Tebow but left the decision up to coach Bill Belichick (who made a very smart choice). The Patriots have decided to move forward with their season with two quarterbacks on the roster, as they have been doing the last several years. They decided to fill their 53-man roster with the best, qualified players for the team and Tebow just did not make the cut.
Tebow signed with the team back in June but struggled to have a productive training camp and really struggled during the three preseason games he played. He ranked in the bottom ten for almost all passing categories amongst quarterbacks that played in the preseason, with 11-of-30 passing for 145 yards and two interceptions. He proved in his time with the team he just could not develop as a quarterback, despite learning behind Tom Brady and working relentlessly on his throwing mechanics with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Tebow will now be subject to waivers and if he clears waivers, he will become a free agent. His future is uncertain as many said back in June that New England could be Tebow’s last stop in the NFL. If Tebow could not succeed in one of the best organizations in the league with arguably the best coach in the league, it is hard to imagine he will find success anywhere else. Maybe it is time for Tebow to give arena football a call.
It is safe to say Tebow time is over!