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June 13, 2013

Belichick not judging QB Tebow after 1 practice

FOXBOROUGH — One day of practice wasn’t enough for Patriots coach Bill Belichick to share his thoughts on new backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

Two days?

Not a lot to go on there, either, as Tebow spent much of yesterday’s session watching Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett run drills while he tried to absorb the new system he was thrust into when he signed with New England this week.

“We’re not going to get into a minute-by-minute evaluation of a player,” Belichick said. “I don’t think that’s the way to go, especially at this time of year.”

Robert Kraft wasn’t as reluctant to size up Tebow’s much maligned throwing motion after the second day of the three-day minicamp.

“He’s a lot better than I am,” the Patriots’ 72-year-old owner said, his grin growing as he spoke.

And, at least in Kraft’s mind, probably better than he’s given credit for.

Kraft had strolled onto the field late in Tebow’s first practice with the Patriots on Tuesday. The high-profile player discarded by the Denver Broncos and New York Jets had rolled out to throw short passes while on the run and dropped back to heave long passes into the end zone.

“I was just out there for a short period, but to me, he looked pretty good,” Kraft said. “It’s fun having him here. I think that Tom Brady throws pretty well and I also think Ryan Mallett does the same. So it’s nice to have three quarterbacks who can throw very well.”

After Tebow practiced for the second time, Brady wasn’t as eager to judge him.

“To get to this point, you obviously have to be talented,” Brady said. “So I have a lot of respect for everyone that plays and, certainly, (for) what I’ve seen him do in the past.”

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