Remembering Tim Tebow’s one NFL target, which hit him in the head

It appears imminent that Tim Tebow will once again play in the NFL, though not at his original position.

Tebow reportedly will sign with the Jaguars under his former college coach Urban Meyer — not as a quarterback, but as a tight end. The move makes some sense, especially considering Meyer, for better or worse, often sticks with players and coaches with whom he has associated in the past. The move may raise eyebrows around the league, but Tebow, a Florida native, will immediately be a fan favorite in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars also drafted Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, so it makes sense Tebow — who hasn’t played in the league since 2015 — would make the move to tight end. It’s a move many pundits suggested he make after he was drafted by the Broncos with the 25th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft: Despite his incredible career as Florida’s Heisman Trophy- and national championship-winning quarterback, his mechanics simply didn’t translate to the NFL.

Unfortunately, Tebow hasn’t exactly been a prolific pass-catcher, either. He has a career total of one target in his NFL career, which came in 2012 as a member of the Jets. The target in question came in the third quarter of New York’s Week 3 game against the Dolphins. The Jets won 23-20 in overtime to move to 1-2 on the season.

Tebow — listed as a starter at fullback — motioned to the left, ran a flat route and could only flinch as Mark Sanchez’s pass ricocheted off his helmet:

Tebow’s only other plays of significance in the game were a 5-yard rush and a rush that resulted in a loss of 5 yards. So, a net gain of zero yards for the day.

That’s the sort of fodder that will make rounds through NFL message boards and subreddits alike, but at least this time Tebow will actually be fully dedicated to playing — and practicing — at the position.

Now all that’s left to do is for Jacksonville to sign him.

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