Posts Tagged ‘Tim Tebow’

2013 New England Patriots Roster Projection 3.0

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

There is no doubt about these two, but who else is on the 53 man roster?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Prior to last night’s game against the Detroit Lions, Head Coach Bill Belichick said that 80% of the roster was set and only 20% of the roster was unsettled. With the third preseason game in the books, that number has increased and most roster spots are decided. The 2013 Patriots are filled with new faces in key positions and young depth across the roster. This makes for some tough roster decisions, knowing that if a young player is cut, they likely are gone for good. Here is my educated breakdown of how the 53 man roster will look once final cuts are made.

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Setting the Stage for Ryan Mallett’s Third NFL Season

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett has some competition at the backup QB spot now. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

There’s a No. 15 slinging spirals in a New England Patriots practice jersey, and his name is not Tim Tebow.

It’s Ryan Mallett.

An Arkansas Razorback by way of the Michigan Wolverines, Mallett was a Patriots third-round pick back in 2011. Selected 74th overall, the Razorback was New England’s highest quarterback draft investment since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. And according to then-NFL Network analyst and current Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi, the 6’6”, 245-pounder was ranked atop the team’s QB board that April.

Many saw “Big Tex” as a possible heir to Tom Brady’s throne. He too spent time under Lloyd Carr during his short time in Ann Arbor, and he too fit the prototype of a drop-back pocket negotiator.

But as we know, comparisons and expectations are the shingles on the roof of prospect disappointment. Mallett had to learn to be an NFL passer before he could become an NFL passer.

As a rookie in 2011, Mallett held a clipboard as the third-string quarterback behind Brian Hoyer. Yet in 2012, he flashed enough to convince Bill Belichick he could be second-in-command. Hoyer was subsequently released, and New England opted to go just two-deep at the game’s most pivotal position. Belichick showed trust in a second-year player who hadn’t played a professional snap under center.

Mallett went on to make appearances in four games as the lone understudy last year. He took eight kneel-downs for a loss of nine yards, finishing the campaign with just one completion for 17 yards on four pass attempts. He also threw one interception.

With a very small sample size to choose from, the jury is still out on Mallett. He may develop into a starting-caliber field general. But will Foxboro ever be the venue for him to do so?

In late February, Brady signed an extension through the 2017 season, and in turn, that possibility became more of a pipedream for Mallett. After all, the 25-year-old would be 30 and on his second NFL contract by the time that plan were to come to fruition.

So what does 2013 mean for Mallett?

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Making Sense of Tim Tebow’s Signing with the New England Patriots

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Tim Tebow made his first appearance in Foxborough at New England Patriots minicamp Tuesday. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots’ decision to sign Tim Tebow is drawing plenty of criticism, but it shouldn’t be.

Signing Tebow makes sense. It comes with virtually no risk, and the Patriots get a third-string quarterback with proven success as an NFL starter and unusual versatility.

The worst-case scenario? If Tebow fails to make the roster, the Patriots will have no financial liability to him, and life will go on without him.

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How the Patriots Will Use Tim Tebow

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Patriots Tebow

Will we see Tim Tebow throwing passes in New England? Perhaps in practice.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The unthinkable or inevitable – depending on which side of the aisle you’re sitting on in the Church of Tebow – has happened. Bill Belichick and Tim Tebow, two of the most polarizing figures in all of the NFL, are finally together. Somewhere Urban Meyer is smiling.

What should Patriots fans expect out of Tebow this season?

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Report: Patriots Have Signed Tim Tebow

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Tim Tebow Patriots

Well… this just got interesting. (Photo: Icon SMI)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

Earlier this offseason, I discussed the possibility of Tim Tebow signing with the Patriots, but no one saw this coming, not even myself—and I happen to be the biggest Tim Tebow enthusiast out there.

So much for Bill Belichick hating Tim Tebow—he is now the newest member of the New England Patriots. Tebow enters 2013 with a career 75.3 quarterback rating while tossing 17 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions however he has just completed 47.9 percent of his passes. As for the running phase to Tebow’s game, he has recorded 989 career yards while punching in 12 rushing touchdowns and averaging a solid 5.0 yards per-carry.

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Open Thread: Could Tim Tebow Find Himself in a Patriots Uniform?

Monday, April 29th, 2013
Patriots Tebow

Oh dear lord.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

When it comes to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots—nothing should surprise you.

With that being said, if Tim Tebow does end up entering the 2013 training as a member of the New England Patriots, that shouldn’t surprise you in the slightest way.

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Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 8/3

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
Aaron Mellete 2013 NFL Draft

If you don’t know who Aaron Mellette is, you’re going to want to find out. (Photo: Wesley Beason)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

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