According to Eagles insider Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly, Tuesday was not very kind to Tim Tebow. Mosher got a closer look at Tebow in action and walked away less than impressed. Following practice he tweeted that Tebow was “not very accurate” and he was “being kind” in his assessment.
My lone OTA observation so far: Tim Tebow has a ways to go. Not very accurate today. I think I’m being kind.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) June 2, 2015
The good news for Tebow? His arm isn’t what’s going to secure his spot on the roster. Sure, it’s an important piece of the puzzle, but it’s not why Chip Kelly brought him in. He doesn’t have to be deadly accurate, just a competent thrower, which he has proven he can be when called upon.
I’m not inside Kelly’s head and can’t tell you exactly what he’s thinking, but I have to imagine that he sees this as an opportunity to maximize a roster spot. While Matt Barkley is head and shoulders above Tebow when it comes to passing, barring an injury, he’s going to ride the pine all season. With Tebow, Kelly is getting a player that can contribute in certain situations, particularly on the goal line where the Eagles underperformed last season. Although it’s not as good as other quarterbacks, Tebow’s ability to pass, combined with his running, can give Kelly a schematic advantage in the red zone.