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July 27, 2013

Tebow's future could depend on versatility

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Late in the practice, he took off on a long run along the left side and the crowd cheered.

“I felt pretty good out there,” Tebow said. “I felt like I made some good decisions. I’ve got to keep improving every single day. We’ll go watch the film and we’ll get better from it, but I felt good about the practice.”

The spotlight on Tebow since he joined the Patriots has been much dimmer than it was last season in New York where the inconsistent play of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez sparked calls for Tebow to replace him.

But the Patriots have Tom Brady at quarterback and Ryan Mallett as the backup. They also have Belichick, who instructs his players to limit their public comments, an extreme change from the approach of Jets coach Rex Ryan.

“It’s nice to be advised on things and (to) feel like (I) have it structured,” Tebow said. “I’m going to do what they ask me to do and I feel like it goes with everybody on the team. I feel like we’re buying into what they’re asking us to do.”

He repeatedly said he was thinking only about getting better each day — not whether he would consider it a victory to win the second-string job over Mallett, whether last year was frustrating when he threw only eight passes or whether he was worried when he was unsigned in early June.

“I’m not worried about that right now,” Tebow said. “It was a great first day and (I’m) focused on my relationships in the locker room, I’m focused on getting better. I’m focused on learning the playbook, and that’s my focus right now. It’s not looking back on anything that happened last year, anything that happened this summer.

“It’s moving forward.”

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