The New England Patriots simply didn't show up on Thursday night against the Detroit Lions. In a 40-9 loss, Tom Brady only played the first half while the entire second half of the game went to Ryan Mallett. The Patriots' third quarterback, Tim Tebow, didn't get into the game despite a blowout, but as Boston.com reports on August 23, Tebow is still keeping the faith about making the 53-man roster.
While many may speculate on whether Tebow will make the team, especially not leaving the sidelines in the Patriots third preseason game, the third year quarterback is not frustrated about not player nor is he frustrated about his poor performance when he did get time on the field.
"I'm a blessed individual. Happy to be here, and whatever I'm asked to do, I'm going to do."
It's that kind of positive attitude that has made Tebow a fan favorite and a good guy to have in the locker room, but good attitude alone doesn't make an NFL roster. Tebow will probably see a lot of time when the Patriots play their last remaining preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium.
He understands he needs to be ready and prepared.
"You just prepare, and what you are asked to do, you do it 100 percent with everything you have. You want everything to go well, but it's not. There are going to be ups and downs. That's what life is, and you've just got to handle them as best as you possibly can."
If Tebow is going to be a member of the 2013 New England Patriots, he will have to show the improvement he says he has made on the field, in an actual game.
If he makes it to next Thursday night.