The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the most irrelevant franchises in the NFL for years with a largely anonymous roster. That's certainly going to change in 2021 with a new superstar quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, new national championship-winning coach in Urban Meyer and now a potentially new backup tight end in former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, arguably the most popular college football player ever. SportsLine offers odds on whether Tebow will be on the active roster Week 1 of the season.
New broke Monday that the Jaguars will sign the 33-year-old Tebow to a one-year contract in the next week or so. Of course, Meyer coached Tebow at the University of Florida and won a pair of national championships with the Gators. In addition, Tebow is from the Jacksonville area and calling him a "legend" there isn't strong enough. Good luck getting tickets to a home Jags game this season. That used to be easy.
It's far from a sure thing this works. For one, Tebow has never played tight end in a game that counted dating to his high school days. Second, he hasn't played in the NFL since the 2015 preseason with the Eagles. His last regular-season game was in 2012 with the Jets. Moving to tight end was something NFL teams previously wanted Tebow to consider after he failed as a quarterback, but Tebow was adamant he was a QB.
While Jacksonville doesn't have a clear-cut top tight end on the roster, it does have five of them overall in Chris Manhertz, James O'Shaughnessy, Luke Farrell, Ben Ellefson and Tyler Davis. Farrell was the team's fifth-round pick this year.
There already are reports out of Jacksonville that for Tebow to make the roster, he will have to contribute somewhere other than tight end: Goal-line H-back, wildcat quarterback or on special teams, etc.
Tebow was Denver's primary goal line ball carrier during his brief time as the team's quarterback, scoring 12 rushing TDs in 14 regular-season starts. Perhaps the Jags could use Tebow like the Saints use hybrid QB Taysom Hill. No question that Tebow will be a great locker room presence, but how strong of a locker-room guy could he be if he barely plays?
"The NFL roster? I don't think the chances are great that he's going to make the 53. But if you expand that out to the expanded practice squad — somewhere between 12 and 16 players and now we're getting into the 70 who would be part of a team on Week 1 — I had a source in Jacksonville say it's about 50-50 that he makes the team. Now, this is a position that he has never played before ... and hasn't played football in nine years, bounced around on those teams. And the Jags, obviously, need a pass-catching tight end.
One sportsbook is giving Tebow +1200 yes-only odds to score the first Jaguars touchdown of the new season. Another is giving him Over/Under totals of 8.0 receptions, 89.5 yards, 2.0 receiving TDs, 1.5 passing TDs and 15.5 rushing yards on the year. Yet another has Tebow's total 2019 home runs of four while at the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse at -200 against total Tebow TDs this season at +150.
One site laughably gives him NFL MVP odds ... albeit it at +25000. Just for a point of comparison, Packers QB Jordan Love, who suddenly may be the team's starter depending on Aaron Rodgers, is +15000
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Will Tim Tebow make the Jags' Week 1 active roster?
- Yes -150
- No +120
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