Belichick won't commit to roster spot for Tebow

Belichick won't commit to roster spot for Tebow
August 13, 2013, 11:45 am
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FOXBORO -- It's not as though the Tim Tebow questions were going to stop after he played his first preseason snaps. If anything, watching Tebow play in a Patriots jersey last week inspired more curiosity.

The quarterback completed 4 of 12 passes for 55 yards against the Eagles. Not an inspiring performance, to say the least. But if the coaching staff has any early ideas of Tebow's roster odds, they're not sharing.

"That's not anything that we're ready to talk about right now," Bill Belichick said Tuesday morning. "There's a lot of competition out there. We'll see how it all plays out."

So where's the win for New England? Might the team really have signed Tebow as a camp body?

It's not hard to believe Tebow's prowess for the read-option offense, something we're seeing more and more now in the NFL, can be taken advantage of in a positive way. That skill set could help the Patriots' defensive line prepare to work against run-oriented formations and plays during the regular season.

"We knew we were going to have to face it; we faced it last week," Belichick admitted. "We had seen it in practice some before. We know we're going to see it."

The coach would not, however, buy into the notion that a running quarterback will make life more complicated for the O-line. The looks might be different, but it's not as though option plays are written in a foreign language.

"I wouldn't say it's all exactly the same, but there's certainly a lot of carryover," Belichick said. "There's only so many blocking schemes you can have. We're not trying to revolutionize the game or anything."

So keep those Tebow questions coming. New England isn't worried about answering them yet.