Kraft: Tebow 'just one of 90' on roster

Kraft: Tebow 'just one of 90' on roster
June 12, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Tim Tebow was only on the Patriots for a short time but generated plenty of controversy in his stay.

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FOXBORO -- Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft spoke with reporters at the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards ceremony on Wednesday. After applauding the efforts of local volunteers, he fielded questions about his team.

The first football question was, surprising to no one, about Tim Tebow.
 
"If you want to win in this league, you need quality depth management," Kraft said of the signing. "In the age of the salary cap, whenever you can get a competitive, first-grade person to join your team, you never know what happens. But for me personally, having Tim Tebow on this team, he’s someone who believes in spirituality, he’s very competitive and works hard and has a great attitude and he’s a winner.

"Having him as part of our franchise is great but he has to compete just like anyone else. We’re blessed to have a lot of people like that, but the fact that spirituality is so important to him is very appealing to me."
 
Such praise of the quarterback's character and competitive drive prompted one reporter to pull Tom Brady into the conversation. Kraft's esteem for the Patriots starter is well-documented. When asked in 2009 about then-free agent Michael Vick, Kraft retorted, "Why would we want do anything that would take [Brady] off the field for one play?"

The old quote was resurrected Wednesday evening.
 
"In my mind, we have the greatest quarterback of all time on our team and every time he has the ball in his hands, we have a chance to do something great," he said of Brady. "Nothing has changed in that regard for me."
 
So the question of where Tebow fits in on the field remains. Kraft distanced himself from questions regarding X's and O's. He said he leaves football decisions to the coaching staff and can only evaluate management.

His general impression of the player, however, was fair game.
 
"I think he’s hard-working and very cooperative," Kraft noted. "I don’t think there’s any coach who wouldn’t like to have a team full of people like he is. Like [Tom] Brady, he comes out there and works hard or Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo. They come in, they work hard, they prepare hard and they’re all business. You can’t get enough people like that on your team. We’re honored that he’s with us."
 
Honored, yes, but not to the point of obscuring the bigger picture.
 
"He’s just one of 90 people right now," Kraft said. "I wonder if we haven’t talked enough about him."

To think, it's only just begun.