The New England Patriots trimmed their roster down to 65 players Friday, and so far Tim Tebow hasn't been cut. Arm chair quarterbacks are debating whether Tebow's second-half performance in Foxborough Thursday night was enough to survive the final round of trimming. Bill Belichick did make a surprising cut of two of his five tight ends, Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard. That leaves only Zach Sudfeld, Michael Hoomanawanui and Rob Gronkowski at that position for the Patriots, according to CBS Sports Aug. 30.
The Fells and Ballard cuts are even more surprising given unknowns surrounding Rob Gronkowski's health. He's still rumored for a late September return to the field, but with Gronk you never know.
As for Tim Tebow, it was perhaps his late game pair of touchdown passes Thursday night that saved him so far. Tebow played the entire second half of the team's 28-20 victory over the Giants.
He went 6-of-11 for 91 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, according to ESPN. He was sacked four times, not that it was all his fault, and managed to rush for 30 yards on six carries.
Sudfeld may be coach Bill Belichick new go to guy. Sources say he's why he felt okay dumping Fells and Ballard.
The rookie tight end finished the preseason with eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. That led Ben Volin of the Globe to dub him "baby Gronk".
New England's other cuts on Friday include defensive end Marcus Benard, wide receiver Johnathan Haggerty, linebacker Mike Rivera and offensive lineman Luke Patterson.
Also fullback Ben Bartholomew, defensive lineman Gilbert Peña, offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch and defensive lineman Scott Vallone are gone.
The Patriots still number 65 players on their roster, including Tim Tebow. That has to be trimmed down to 53 players by 6 p.m. EST Saturday.
Until then, Tim Tebow's still a Patriot. Anyone taking bets on whether he will be Saturday?