To the surprise of few, Tim Tebow’s NFL comeback playing tight end for the first time in his career ended Tuesday when he was among the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first round of cuts.
Tebow, 34, has not been on an NFL roster since 2015, when he failed to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final roster for the regular season.
Tebow was given another chance by the Jaguars this summer and was reunited with Urban Meyer, who coached him at Florida from 2006-09. A Heisman Trophy winner in 2007, Tebow helped the Gators win two national championships as their starting quarterback under Meyer.
We have kept up with Tebow’s attempts to return to professional sports over the years, be it baseball or football. Barring a new start in a new sport, perhaps an Olympic sport of some kind, this could mark the end of the Tebow comebacks.
There were and are plenty of doubters out there. But no one can say that Tebow was ever frightened to make the attempt, or afraid to hear the harsh words of critics.
All eyes have been on Sam Darnold at the Carolina Panthers preseason workouts. The new quarterback is facing immense pressure as fans hope he is the savior.
I have been scouring media reports and social media in an attempt to see how Darnold has been faring thus far. It is difficult to judge how starting quarterbacks are doing in preseason because they see very little, if any, time on the field during exhibition games.
A high majority of what I have read states that the former first-round pick seems to be adjusting well to new surroundings and is clearly growing in confidence with every passing day.
One thing in Darnold and the Panthers’ favor is that there are some winnable early games on Carolina’s schedule. That includes Week One, a matchup against Darnold’s old team, the New York Jets.
I also read a great deal on the team’s new tight end, Dan Arnold, a free agent signee from the Arizona Cardinals. Every quarterback needs a tight end to lean on when a play is needed. Reports are that Darnold and Arnold are connecting well, especially in the red zone.
There have been many positive comments on Darnold’s arm strength. This was a weakness of Teddy Bridgewater last season. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady’s playbook should open up as a result. And the Panthers have the weapons to make the most of Darnold’s arm strength.