Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Tebow to Serve as Wildcat Wild Card for Rex Ryan, Jets

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Tebow to Serve as Wildcat Wild Card for Rex Ryan, Jets

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Tim Tebow will probably fling a few passes in big moments for the Jets this season. He may also run the ball a little. And hand it off, too.

The NFL's most popular backup quarterback could also play some on special teams as the punt protector and throw his body around while clobbering returners.

"Whatever I'm asked to do," Tebow said during minicamp last month, "I'm going to do it."

And everyone will be watching. With plenty of scrutiny.

He's New York's not-so-secret weapon - and the team's biggest mystery heading into training camp. Tebow is not a starter and has no defined role yet, but is expected to be a major part of the offense. He's listed as a quarterback - Mark Sanchez's backup, at that - but that's just merely a label as far as Rex Ryan is concerned.

"He's a football player," the Jets coach said. "We've said it for a long time. This guy's an excellent football player and a great competitor."

Tebow also commands the spotlight. With his humble, aw-shucks persona and strong Christian beliefs, he's a fan favorite with the devoted following of a rock star. Billboards welcomed Tebowmania to the New York/New Jersey area after he was traded from Denver in March, and his green and white No. 15 Jets jersey is already one of the league's most popular. The front of his locker was jam-packed with reporters whenever he spoke during the offseason.

Again, for the backup quarterback. As for on the field, the Jets have revealed only this: Tebow will see plenty of action, likely out of a wildcat-style package, anywhere from a couple of plays to, as Ryan suggested, maybe as many as 20 per game. …

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