As the New England Patriots begin to trim their roster down to 53, questions are arising about the roster moves they will make. One burning question is wether or not quarterback Tim Tebow will make the team. No one really knows what is going on in the mind of head coach Bill Belichick or what his plans are for Tebow but the Patriots owner is pulling for him. As the Los Angeles Times reports on August 16, Robert Kraft says he is “rooting” for Tebow to make the team.
It may not be fair for a owner of a football team to publicly state being in a particular player’s corner but Kraft makes it clear that the ultimate decision regarding Tim Tebow will solely be in the hands of Belichick. But in the meantime, he has no problem with expressing his personal feelings about the quarterback.
“With Tim Tebow, anyone who has met him [learns] he is a very special young man. I’m rooting for him big time.” Kraft said. “He’s been a real joy to have around here. I see why he has such a strong following; he’s just a great, great young man.”
Sounds like Tebow has another fan in Kraft. But for Tebow to make the New England Patriots 53-man roster, it will still take work on his part. So far in the preseason Tebow has been anything but impressive. He has only completed five of his 19 pass attempts and at times have looked completely lost. He will have one more chance to show coaches and fans what he can do on the field when the Patriots play the New York Giants on Thursday night for their final dress rehearsal before the regular season.
Kraft will be cheering for the player he has come to adore.
“I’m rooting for [Tebow] and I’m in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill make those decisions. He’s got a pretty good record doing that.”
If Tebow makes the team it will be because of something Belichick sees in him that hasn’t been translated on the field…yet.