“I’m looking forward to working hard every single day, and getting a lot better, and learning under some great people,” Tebow said during his 40-second visit with reporters. “So, that’s all I got. But thank you so much and God bless. I’m sure we’ll be talking more soon.”
There is no guarantee that Tebow will still be with the Patriots when training camp begins next month, but if the Patriots keep him, he would have time to develop as a quarterback since Brady holds that job. Tebow even could be tried at tight end, where the status of Rob Gronkowski is uncertain after he had his fourth operation on his broken left forearm on May 20 and faces back surgery this month.
Asked if Tebow would be used at quarterback, Belichick, in his usual low-key manner, said, “we’re going to do what we think is best for our football team. We’ll see.”
He also said during the news conference lasting about nine minutes that Tebow is “a talented guy. He’s smart. He works hard.”
Tebow’s NFL career appeared to be over when the Jets released him on April 29 and no team rushed to sign him. But Belichick decided to bring in the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who led Florida to two national championships.
“I’m happy for the young man to get another opportunity in the league and things like that. We’ve already mentioned that it didn’t work out here,” New York coach Rex Ryan said. “Obviously, Tim had more success in Denver than he did here.”
After the NFL draft, in which they selected quarterback Geno Smith from West Virginia, the Jets decided to release Tebow just more than a year after a dressed-up, high-profile press conference that welcomed him to the organization.