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August 22, 2013

Tebow's chances of staying with Patriots uncertain

FOXBOROUGH — Tim Tebow walked off the practice field with no reporters blocking his path to the locker room. Finally, a few strolled up for a 90-second interview then moved on to longer chats with other Patriots.

The media circus that surrounded him last season is gone.

His uncertain future remains.

Ten weeks into what could be his last shot at staying in the NFL, Tebow seems to be on the roster bubble. He is simply trying to make the team now, but has played poorly in two exhibition games.

How poorly?

His passer rating was 0.0 — that’s zero-point-zero — in New England’s 25-21 win over Tampa Bay last Friday night.

“You would definitely want to do better in some areas,” said Tebow, the only quarterback the Patriots used in the second half vs. the Buccaneers. “Also, you have different things happen that you just try to handle the best way you can.”

He completed just one of seven passes for a loss of one yard, and had one interception on a badly overthrown pass. He was sacked twice on his first nine plays. But the lefty who has trouble reading defenses and zipping passes did what he does best, running six times for 30 yards.

A week earlier, in his debut, he was a bit better — 4 for 12 for 55 yards with four runs for 31 yards in a 31-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Numbers may not lie, but coach Bill Belichick sees a larger truth. He watches Tebow at every practice, sees how diligently he studies and how dedicated he is in the weight room.

And he sees some positive steps from the player traded by the Denver Broncos and cut by the New York Jets in a span of 13 months.

“Yeah, definitely,” Belichick said. “I think if you look at the entire week last week, that it will look different than the game did.”

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