The franchise brought in Urban Meyer as head coach, drafted Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick, and signed Tebow to play tight end.
One of those does not fit in with the others.
Jacksonville began preseason play Saturday night against the Cleveland Browns and all eyes were on Lawrence.
So why has Tebow been trending on Twitter since Saturday night?
That is because of this sad block attempt:
Tim Tebow: TE1pic.twitter.com/1mih6jFhUk
— PFF (@PFF) August 15, 2021
What we see here is Tebow making a block, technically, and then hitting his own teammate in the chest as the play ends.
He did get the job done, so why all the hate?
Bound To Be Criticized
Tebow holding any job in the NFL at age 34 and after a quick baseball career is going to draw plenty of criticism.
The fact he is now coming back at tight end has plenty of fans wondering why he is getting such an opportunity.
The answer to that is because Meyer, his former college coach, clearly wants to give his former star quarterback a shot at a return.
This block attempt pretty much shows Tebow may not have enough time to learn the position well enough to make the 2021 Jaguars roster.
Like with any preseason action, one play should not define a player.
However, every play shows what a player can do and Tebow may actually get injured trying to throw a block if he goes in that soft against a starting defender in the regular season.
Or, even worse, Lawrence could be injured.
A Far-Fetched Idea Anyway
Tebow making the Jaguars roster was always going to be a real shock.
Tim Tebow turns 34 today 🐊
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 14, 2021
He did not even get any special teams action Saturday night, further proving he would need to flash major talent as a pass-catcher and blocker on offense to even crack the roster.
The Jaguars can easily carry an extra tight end who can get plenty of time on special teams.
A 34-year-old Tebow in that role would not make much sense.
Tebow would be better served to be on Meyer’s staff if the entire goal is just to have the veteran around the team.
Getting a free shot to make the team because of his reputation won’t win him any fans in the locker room if he is obviously not up to par with what it takes to be an NFL tight end.
Both Meyer and Tebow should understand the business of the NFL.
While this viral block attempt does not define his career, the now tight end cannot end up on this Jaguars roster in 2021.