The 26-year-old former first-round draft pick signed with the Patriots in June, but struggled to show consistency on the field during practice and games. Tebow finishes the preseason having completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Tebow also ran 16 times for 91 yards.
The former Florida Gators Heisman Trophy winner sat out his team’s third preseason game, but took advantage of the opportunity to make one final impression on Bill Belichick in the Patriots’ fourth preseason game on Thursday.
Tebow went 6 of 11 for 91 yards against the New York Giants, tossing a pair of touchdown passes, including a 9-yard touchdown pass with just six seconds left.
“It's not just one game (that matters),” Belichick said Friday about the player evaluation process, “although every game is important. But the body of work, the camp, the rate of improvement, the ability to do the things that players are going to be asked to do at their respective positions (also matters).”
For Tebow, the release could mark the end of the line for one of the NFL’s most popular player. After two years with the Denver Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. After a drama-filled year where the Jets did their best to keep Tebow off the field, the left-hander was cut.
In terms of potential landing spots for Tebow, the only teams that come to mind are the Oakland Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars. If neither team is interested, it appears likely that Tebow would be forced to sit out the 2013 season.
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