TE Tim Tebow - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-3, 236||Born: 8-14-1987||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 25 (2010)|
2012 Week 1 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)
Tebow opened the game as a slot receiver/tight end, but mainly contributed as a runner out of the Jets Wildcat formation. He only saw a handful of snaps from under center as the Jets built a comfortable lead and were trying to run out the clock for most of the second half. Tebow did not attempt a pass and had minimal success running the ball with just 11 yards on 5 carries. He also saw time on special teams and recovered an onside kick late in the game.
2012 Week 2 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Tebow saw three snaps on one third quarter series. He gained 22 yards on a run on the first snap and then handed to Joe McKnight on a read option for a 12-yard gain on the second. It appeared as though he had given the team a shot in the arm, but then a six-yard loss on his third snap put the team behind the chains and brought Mark Sanchez back into the game. Tebow lined up as the punt protector multiple times, once even motioning to the slot area and forcing Pittsburgh to call a timeout due to the potential for a fake. He's not a great blocker, though, as he was pushed back each time.
2012 Week 3 vs MIA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
While Tebow lined up as a quarterback, off-set full back, wide receiver, and tight end, his most memorable play occurred as the punter's personal protector. Mid-way through the second quarter on a 4th-and-3 from his own 25-yard line, Tebow took a direct snap and ran off the left guard for a first down. This play gave the Jet offense some momentum and ultimately resulted in a field goal. Tebow also handled two designed quarterback runs, one read option and one goal line carry. Neither play resulted in positive yardage. Tebow was targeted once on a five-yard out route, but he did not turn his head around quickly enough and the ball ricocheted off his helmet. It's worth noting that this was the second straight week that Tebow did not attempt a pass.
2012 Week 4 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Once again, Tebow appeared as a 'gadget' player. On his team's first drive, Tebow appeared in the shotgun and ran the ball for two yards. On his team's third drive, Tebow completed a key 3rd-and-1 pass to Dedrick Epps. Epps secured the catch, but fumbled the ball away. Tebow would appear sporadically for the rest of the game. Twice in the shotgun, Tebow lined up next to Sanchez and made some nice blocks on free rushers. Tebow also served as the punter's personal protector and made an impressive open field tackle. With the Jets trailing 34-0, Rex Ryan refused to insert Tebow. The game was over, but Ryan did not want to see what Tebow could do. It's apparent that Ryan does not want to start a quarterback controversy when his offense has so many other issues.
2012 Week 5 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
The Tim Tebow quarterback speculation ran rampant all week, but it was all for naught. Tebow appeared in just seven Jet offensive plays, six times as a quarterback. On one play, Tebow threw a seam route to the newly signed Jason Hill, but Hill dropped the pass. Tebow started only one series and lasted for two plays before being replaced by Sanchez. Tebow's most memorable play occurred during the fourth quarter. With the Jets in the red zone, Tebow took a designed run left for 12-yards before being wrestled down by J.J. Watt. As a football fan, it was entertaining to watch Tebow and Watt battle for the extra yardage. The Tebow run fired the Jet crowd up, but he was quickly corralled for a one-yard gain on his next carry before being supplanted by Sanchez. Sanchez failed to lead his team into the end zone and the Jets settled for a field goal. Throughout the game, Jet fans became extremely agitated when Tebow was taken off the field. Perhaps an extended series or two would allow him to get into the flow of the game. On special teams, Tebow served as the punter's personal protector and even took a direct snap for a four yard gain and a first down. Tebow's energy and overall demeanor fired up his team, but he was quickly removed for Sanchez throughout the game.
2012 Week 6 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Tebow appeared on just seven offensive plays, three of which came during garbage time. However, Tebow once again made an impact on special teams. During his team's fourth drive, the Jets set-up their punt formation on a 4th-and-11 from the IND 40-yard line. Tebow took another direct snap and threw a jump pass to Nick Bellore for a 23-yard gain. The Jets rewarded Tebow during this drive, giving him a designed red zone quarterback run up the middle for three yards. This drive would result in a Mark Sanchez touchdown pass to Jason Hill. For now, it's clear that the Jets have no plans to replace Sanchez with Tebow.
2012 Week 7 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Tebow was basically a non-factor, appearing on just four offensive snaps. On two occasions, Tebow lined up in the backfield as a running back. The Jets motioned Sanchez out wide and Tebow took the direct snap and ran the ball up the middle. During the Jets' first drive, Tebow took the snap from New England's three-yard line and gained two yards. On the next play, Shonn Greene finished the drive off with a one-yard touchdown plunge. During his team's seventh drive, the Jets had a 3rd-and-2 play from New England's three-yard line. This was the quintessential Tebow play, but the Jet chose to run a slant route to Chaz Schillens, which was incomplete. Tebow was able to pick up three yards in this same situation earlier in the game, but the Jets did not call his number. Overall, the usage of Tebow was perplexing.
2012 Week 8 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Once again, Tebow saw single digit snaps on offense. Of his five offensive plays, Tebow lined up as a receiver on four plays and ran routes. Tebow was given one designed run up the middle, but only generated two yards. Tebow had a key first quarter miscue on special teams. Tebow missed a blocking assignment on the punt team and that rusher blocked the punt and scored a touchdown. Tebow clearly looks lost on special teams and cannot run correct routes. Given his usage, the Jets clearly view Tebow as a glorified special team's player.
2012 Week 10 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Tebow appeared on seven offensive snaps, his most to date. However, Tebow's usage was perplexing. Tebow took his normal dose of designed shotgun runs, but was also designated as Jeremy Kerley's 'Personal Screen Pass Quarterback'. Tebow's three completions all went to Kerley on a quick bubble screens. While it may be part of the game plan, the Jets clearly don't trust Tebow throwing downfield. As a runner, Tebow found some success, but a costly penalty negated an opportunity at a rushing touchdown. On a 3rd-and-Goal play from the Seattle 2-yard line, the Jets brought Tebow into the game, but a Dustin Keller false start penalty pushed Tebow back onto the sidelines. As a gadget player, teams know what to expect when Tebow comes into the game. However, if the Jets give Tebow 60-70 plays, the results may change.
2012 Week 11 vs STL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / -5 / 0 rush)
Tebow played just three snaps in this game, often coming into the game when the Jets had put together a nice drive, only to derail it with a no gain or loss. The Jets were standing by Sanchez in the midst of their losing streak so now that Sanchez played well in a game, it's possible that we might see less of Tebow in the offensive gameplan.
2012 Week 15 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Earlier in the week, Rex Ryan was unsure whether Tim Tebow would dress. Not only did Ryan allow Tebow to dress, he played Tebow for an entire series in the first half. It was a horrible decision on so many levels. Sanchez developed a little bit of rhythm in his first two series, so playing Tebow destroyed Sanchez's confidence. In addition, Ryan played Tebow on two third-and-long passing situations. It was an odd time to let Tebow throw when he hasn't been trusted to. The two plays ended with a sack and a throw away. Tebow was effective as a runner, taking three carries up the middle for first downs. However, Tebow is clearly limited as a passer.
2011 Week 4 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
He ran 1 play early in the game and ran the ball in the shotgun straight into the belly of the line for no gain. Phil Simms said on the broadcast "I'm sure they have more plays for Tebow in this game." Actually no, he never saw the field again or ran any plays. He did stretch when Denver was set up in the red zone as if he expected to have his number called. That did not happen. The announcers seemed to have information indicating that Tebow was supposed to see the field more but the opportunities just did not arise in the game. Even when the Packers were ahead 49-17 they still sent Kyle Orton out to lead the offense.
2011 Week 5 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 6 / 38 / 1 rush)
Tebow briefly came in for a rushing play on the first play of the second quarter, but it was certainly not his final appearance in this game. With the fans pleading for him to come in all game long, head coach John Fox finally relented and brought him into the game in the middle of the third quarter. He started off a bit rough, going 1-5 for zero yards on his first few possessions. However, in those drives he came very close to connecting on big plays down the field, something the team didn't come close to doing under Orton. There was a pass to Brandon Lloyd along the sideline that very nearly went for a big gain, but Lloyd couldn't maintain control and keep his feet inbounds. Moments later, from the shadow of his own end zone and under intense pressure, Tebow rolled out to his left and heaved a pass to the midfield, displaying impressive arm strength. Unfortunately, it was just out of the reach of a diving Eric Decker. Not surprisingly, Tebow looked good while scrambling out of the pocket and picking up rushing yardage, and the team ran a designed QB keeper that he was able to take up the left side and into the end zone for the team's first touchdown of the afternoon. On the team's ensuing drive, he did a nice job of standing tall despite heavy pressure coming right at him. He held the ball until the last possible moment, when he flipped it over the defense and delivered it perfectly to RB Knowshon Moreno on the screen pass that eventually went for a touchdown. On the two point conversion try, Tebow put the ball where it needed to be but Brandon Lloyd was unable to hang onto the football due to excellent defensive coverage. Finally after getting the ball back with just thirty seconds left in the game, he quickly completed two passes covering 51 yards in 23 seconds. That helped set up the team's final desperation play with just one second remaining. Tebow made it VERY interesting on the game's final play as he ran around seemingly forever in the backfield, eluding several lineman in the process while spinning around, weaving back and forth, and finally firing a bullet pass on the run into the end zone that was knocked away incomplete. With a bye week next week, we're sure to hear a lot of noise about the Broncos quarterback controversy over the next two weeks, but Tebow certainly has got to be in consideration for the starting job after nearly leading the team to a huge comeback victory in this one.
2011 Week 7 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 8 / 65 / 0 rush)
Honestly this guy looked like a clown the 1st 3.5 quarters of the football game. Held to just 3 completions and about 30 yards passing with 5:00 left in the game and down 15-0, Tim Tebow looked destined to fail on Sunday, looked like an absolute joke as an NFL caliber QB, and was helping end the Miami Dolphins losing streak of 8 games going back to last season. What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. Tebow started taking advantage of Miami's prevent defense with the big play coming on a 42 yard connection with Matt Willis a reserve wide receiver for the Broncos. Tebow marched the Broncos down inside the 10 yard line and then spun around to avoid a sack and tossed a strike to Thomas in the front right corner of the end zone that was a questionable catch but was upheld by the replay booth. Denver recovered an onside kick and suddenly Tebow had the ball again. Big play on the drive was a pass that looked almost tipped at the LOS, was moving like a frozen duck, and then magically Daniel Fells laid out and made an amazing reception to set up the 2nd TD of the day for TT. He rolled left and then threw back across his right side to a wide open Fells who did the rest and all but walked into the end zone with a convoy of blockers in front of him. Tebow then recognized Miami had no LBs to back the line in the spread formation for the 2 point attempt. Tebow took it in off right tackle rather easily as Will Allen took a terrible angle trying to get after Tebow and suddenly it was tied 15-15. Tebow did nothing on Denver's 1st drive in overtime but then he was given a short field, never put the ball in the air, and Denver settled for a 52 yard FG attempt which was good and Denver won 18-15 in OT in one of the biggest come from behind victories FBG has ever seen. Tim Tebow may or may not be an NFL caliber QB but he sure is exciting to watch and in the end he turned in a decent day for FF owners.
2011 Week 8 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 10 / 63 / 0 rush)
Tim Tebow looked very much like a rookie QB in this game, frequently holding on to the ball too long, and frequently being off target with his deep timing throws as he becomes more comfortable with the flow of the game. Tebow had seven sacks last week against Miami, and he gave up seven more in this game as well. Some of them were due to poor blocking but others were simply because Tebow held on to the ball too long and when the coverage was too tight, he tried to make things happen with his legs. He frequently tried to force the ball into Eric Decker, many times overthrowing him or missing the timing like he did on the 100 yard interception return. Tebow expected Decker to run a deeper route and when he cut the route short, the ball sailed behind Decker right into the arms of Chris Houston. Tebow's timing was off, and he completed only two of his first 10 passes. He could have had a TD pass to Decker in the opening quarter, but Decker couldn't get both feet down before running out of the back of the end zone. Tebow also padded his stats a bit, getting 44 of his passing yards on the final drive with short check-down type plays. His only saving grace was his ability to run the ball, and he took several designed runs for nice gains, including a bit 18 yard fake handoff that he kept for himself in the 4th quarter. Tebow executed his moving handoff, but pulled the ball back, tucked it and broke down the right side of the field. The defense focused on Moreno who was running left, and Tebow exploded up the field for a big 18 yard gain. It eventually led to his 14 yard TD pass to Eric Decker - a short screen where Decker split the defense and pushed forward for the score.
2011 Week 9 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 12 / 118 / 0 rush)
Tebow had quite the up and down day on Sunday. He was once again held to under 50% in pass completion percentage and threw some really bad throws. But he made up for it with his legs, earning the most rushing yards by a QB in a game so far this year. Listen here folks, Tebow's accuracy and throwing motion is ugly as advertised but he is able to do enough things on the ground to be an effective fantasy quarterback. Also, Tebow did have some good passes but sometimes the bad ones are so bad that they stick in your mind and you forget the good passes he makes. On his first TD pass he found WR Eric Decker running a post pattern, and he was able to throw a perfect strike for a score. The ball was a tight spiral and was probably one of his top throws of the day. On the flip side, Tebow had a few passes that were end over end ducks where he missed open receivers badly. Tebow had probably twice as many plays from the shotgun formation than under center. This is a good sign to see because the coaching staff is tailoring the offense to him, allowing Tebow to do the things that he does best. Tebow did a really good job of standing tall in the pocket and stepping up under pressure. Tebow was at his best on Sunday running the zone read option. He had several runs over twenty yards from the zone read and did a great job of faking the ball to his RB Willis McGahee, and then he would use his speed to get to the corner. The most important thing for Tebow is that he led the Broncos to a good win on the road against a bitter rival, and that should buy him some more time as the starting QB for the Broncos. He targeted WR Eric Decker the most times for the second game in a row so maybe that will be his favorite target. On a side note, Tebow had his last pass attempt at the 4 minute mark of the third quarter which explains the low passing yardage total.
2011 Week 10 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 9 / 43 / 1 rush)
The divide between the Tim Tebow haters and lovers can only grow larger after a game like this. It'd be easy to point to his 2 pass completions and argue that he'll never be an NFL quarterback. It'd be just as easy to point to the final score, and his record as his starter, to continue to argue that he's a winner. It would be hard to argue with either, but the 2 pass completions are much easier to dissect. Tebow threw just 8 passes the entire game and several of them could, or should, have been completed. His first pass of the game started the second quarter and was a nicely thrown ball deep down the middle to Eric Decker. Decker leapt to catch the ball and it hit him right in the numbers and fell to the turf. He made another good throw to Eddie Royal on the right sideline. Royal thought he was interfered with, but regardless he made a terrible play on the ball and most #1 receivers in the league would have caught the pass, if not scored. He did underthrow a deep ball to Decker later in the second quarter, but even that ball wasn't so badly thrown that it couldn't have been caught. Lance Ball dropped an easy catch in the flats that wouldn't have gone for big yardage but definitely should have been caught. That's 4 of his 6 incompletions that were either catchable or flat out dropped by his less than stellar receiving core. The touchdown pass he did throw was a perfectly thrown bomb over the top of the defense to Decker who caught it in stride and took it to the house. While the Broncos did run the option, Tebow chose to handoff or pitch in most cases. When he did keep it, he displayed great vision, quick feet and fullback power. His touchdown run was typical Tebow, changing directions and stopping several times, picking his way through the Chiefs defense for 7 yards. It was not your typical QB performance in the NFL, but with a game plan designed for his skill set, Tebow was a couple of drops away from an excellent performance.
2011 Week 11 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 8 / 68 / 1 rush)
Once again, for most of the game Tebow and the Broncos offense played conservatively, moving the ball with run after run, with a pass mixed in every once in a while. The second half saw more passes by the team but for the most part they were content to run the ball. Tebow's accuracy is streaky--sometimes he can hit a wide receiver on a long route with a very pretty ball, but just as often he will skim the ball along the grass. When crunch time comes, though, Tebow comes alive. The last Denver drive of the game was a combination of a team rising to the challenge while another collapsed. Tebow led the offense on a 95 yard drive which twice should have been stopped but for poor Jets tackling. This is not to take away from the determined play of Tebow, just pointing out that had Jets Safety Jim Leonhard wrapped up receiver Eddie Royal in the end zone, this would be a shorter column. Opportunity needs to be capitilized on though, and Tebow did just that, marching the offense down the field with a combination of short passes and quarterback runs. The Jets were back on their heels and the Broncos offense was relentless. Tebow pulled off one more miracle win with a touchdown to cap the drive. On the play, the Jets brought an all out blitz. The Broncos had three receivers wide to the left and they cleared out the Jets defenders as they all ran to the end zone. Tebow bootlegged to the left and found nothing but open space between him and the end zone. While Tebow is not a pretty quarterback at this point in his career he keeps finding himself with the opportunity to win games (thanks to an underrated defense) and executing when it counts.
2011 Week 12 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 22 / 67 / 0 rush)
Tebow began the game with an incompletion on each of his first four pass attempts, which makes his final tally of 9-18 a bit more impressive. Early on, his receivers weren't doing him many favors with several drops on some very catchable (although not perfect) passes. It was telling that he seemed much more fluid and natural when he can just heave it up deep and not have to think so much about mechanics. It also helped that he was often given five or more seconds in the pocket to make his reads and find an open receiver. The Chargers wanted to keep him in the pocket so he wouldn't scramble around freely, but they did it to a fault. Since Tebow wasn't flushed from the pocket and knew the Chargers had to respect his running ability, he simply sat back and calmly picked his spots. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't - but he never really made any glaring mistakes. Once again, he did not turn the ball over (in fact he was never even close to). When he did run, there wasn't a ton of room to work with, as evidenced by his three yards per carry average (on a whopping 22 carries, the most in a game by an NFL quarterback since 1950). And, as has become his custom, he led scoring drives just when Denver needed them most. After doing almost nothing the entire first half, he suddenly led a quick drive downfield for a touchdown in well under a minute. The drive culminated with a perfect bullet pass from Tebow to a wide open WR Eric Decker for the score. Late in the game with San Diego leading by three, Tebow led a drive that resulted in the game-tying field goal. He again found Decker on a perfect third down pass featuring a great diving catch at the end of it. That play put Denver in field goal range, but Tebow almost got more. After a perfect floating pass to TE Dante Rosario down the sideline (on another third down), the Broncos were positioned to win it outright. On yet another third down, he avoided the pass rush and scrambled around seemingly about to run in another game-winning score, but he was stopped short of the goal line. In the overtime period, he did a lot of handing off to Willis McGahee. Even though HC John Fox elected to utilize the run game in the OT session, it was plain to see that when Tebow was called upon to pass, things went a lot better than usual despite his receivers not giving him much help. One must not forget that he has been able to do this despite his top weapon (WR Brandon Lloyd) being dealt just as he was taking over the job. Perhaps the Broncos want a redo on that trade now that they're making an improbable playoff run.
2011 Week 13 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
With the number of people jumping on, now may be a good time to engage the 4-wheel drive on the truck pulling the Tim Tebow bandwagon. And it probably wouldn't hurt to make sure all the tires are fully inflated. In typical Tebow fashion, he and the Denver offense began slowly, struggling to pick up first downs and losing a couple of early fumbles, but rose to the occasion when it mattered most and delivered a 4th straight victory. Tebow turned in one of his best performances this season despite only throwing 15 passes and running only 4 times. A good bit of the early difficulty came from the Vikings' stacking the box with 8 defenders to stop the Denver running game and bringing heavy pressure, with DE Jared Allen sacking Tebow and forcing a fumble that Allen recovered himself. Tebow's delivery is still slow, but he was much more accurate and seemed to have much better timing with his receivers in this game. He took advantage of breakdowns in the secondary, hitting a few deep throws to WR Demaryius Thomas, two of them for touchdowns. The first was on a blown coverage down the left sideline, but the second was a thing of signature Tebow beauty. Out of the shotgun on 1st down, Tebow faked the zone read handoff to RB Willis McGahee, then dropped back to look down field. With no one open, he began to scramble to his left. He avoided the rush of Allen, stiff-armed LB Erin Henderson and, as he was going out of bounds, threw a perfect pass across his body to a wide open Thomas. Thomas did the rest, running 20 yards before eluding the first defender and then carrying two Vikings into the end zone. Tebow later made another nice escape play rolling to his right to find WR Matthew Willis for a big gain, only to see the big 3rd down conversion negated by an illegal use of the hands penalty. On their next possession, though, Tebow and Thomas would take advantage of the same blown coverage that produced their first score (and a coverage they would exploit later on the other side). CB Griffin released Thomas and he was wide open for a huge gain and Tebow delivered a perfect pass, setting up a Willis McGahee 24-yard TD run. Tebow ran the 2-point conversion in when he elected to keep the ball on the zone read. Tebow and Thomas connected again deep downfield on a blown release, setting up the game-tying field goal. Before attempting the FG, though, Tebow would take one last shot at the end zone, throwing a perfect pass in the face of an 8-man rush to Thomas on the goal line, but Griffin would break it up at the last moment.
2011 Week 14 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 12 / 49 / 0 rush)
It was another typical game for Tebow. He only completed 3 of 16 passes in the first 3 quarters of the game, but connected on 18 of 24 the rest of the way. He had some early success running the ball but could not sustain any long drives or put points on the board. Tebow was off target on quite a few throws and turned the ball over twice in the game, one on a sideline interception and the other on one of the 5 sacks he took. With the Broncos trailing by 10 points late in the game, the Bears went into a prevent defense and that allowed Tebow to start picking them apart. He helped force overtime in the last couple minutes with a touchdown pass to a wide open receiver and a 59-yard field goal as time expired. In overtime, the Bears turned the ball over in Broncos territory and Tebow led them down the field for the game winning field goal to run his record up to 7-1 as a starter this year.
2011 Week 15 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 12 / 93 / 2 rush)
Incredibly the Pats seemed to forget about Tebow's ability to run early in the game and he made them pay. Tebow ran 4 times for 25 yards on the open drive including a 9 yard TD that included three broken tackles. On the touchdown run he was grabbed in the backfield on a read option and just shook off the tackler before bowling forward (and through 2 more tacklers) for the score. On the second drive, Tebow threw a near perfect 22 yard post to Demaryius Thomas. The route turned into a favorite for Tebow and he hit Decker on the exact same play on the Broncos third drive. He also had a 19 yard carry on the drive and is just so intuitive as a runner. He seemed to know right where the Pats LB was going to go on the play and picked the perfect hole to beat him. Tebow again connected with Thomas on the post route in the second quarter but then fumbled the ball away on read option where he was tackled in the backfield. It was a huge play as the Pats turned it into a TD on their next drive and the Broncos were down by 8. Trying to run the 2 minute drill Tebow badly missed two deep hitches on the right side. He was much more comfortable throwing left and completed very few passes to the opposite side of the field. He looked to be getting back on track at the start of the third quarter, completing a 16 yard out to Thomas on a perfectly thrown ball (again left). He also made a good choice to take off running and picked up 6 yards on 2nd and 8 2 plays later. The drive ended with him taking a 10 yard sack. Tebow made maybe his most amazing play on the next drive even if it ended with an incomplete pass. He was seemingly sacked in the end zone for a safety, fumbled, fought off the defender, picked up the ball, skirted around the back of the end zone and got a pass away for a harmless incompletion. With the Broncos down 34-16 in the 4th quarter Tebow had a little bit of magic but not enough. He connected on his only significant throw to the right side of the field, a well thrown ball 39 yards down field to Thomas in between 2 defenders. After a 34 yard catch and run from Lance Ball, Tebow scored his second rushing TD, this one a 2 yard plunge. What was so impressive was that everyone in the stadium knew the QB draw was coming, but no one could stop it. A 30 yard scramble after spinning out of a sack was the only highlight left for Tebow and he just wasn't accurate enough to get anything going in the 2 minute drill.
2011 Week 16 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 10 / 34 / 1 rush)
This started out like a typical game for Tebow as the Broncos were very conservative through the first half and kept the game close on the strength of their running game and defense. Tebow staked them to an early lead on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and had as many rush attempts (4) as pass attempts in the first half. After falling behind, however, they came out throwing in the third quarter and quickly scored another touchdown on a nice 17-yard pass to Daniel Fells. It looked like another Tebow comeback was coming but things didn't work out so well this week. Tebow completed just 10 of 26 pass attempts in the second half and threw four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He was erratic on many of his throws and often held onto the ball too long in the pocket while waiting for somebody to get open.
2011 Week 17 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 6 / 16 / 0 rush)
The legend of Tim Tebow took a major hit as the Chiefs completely stymied the second year QB. They took away his ability to run and blanketed his receivers and Tebow was not willing or able to make the tough throws into traffic. Tebow did not complete a pass in the first quarter and rushed just once, for 6 yards on 3rd and 9. He started the second quarter off much better with a good decision on a play-action roll out left. He completed his first pass on that play to fullback Spencer Larsen for 7 yards. Two plays later he ran for 7 yards and a first down. After several successful runs from his running backs, Tebow completed a 17 yard cross to DeMaryius Thomas on a very accurate throw and the Broncos looked to be rolling. Unfortunately, on 3rd and 4 Tebow ran left and had the ball stripped for yet another fumble. The rest of the quarter looked much like the first, Tebow had plenty of time in the pocket but just couldn't find anyone open or anywhere to run. The few times he did throw the ball he misfired badly. Tebow completed just one pass in the second half until the last minute of the game and even then he wasn't his normal magical self. After a couple of short completions he panicked on 4th down and lofted the ball into the arms of Chiefs' defender to essentially end the game. There weren't many options in this game for a QB that didn't have the accuracy to sit in the pocket and throw the ball into tight spots. That being said, Tebow did miss a few wide open receivers and really looked to regress in terms of accuracy and confidence.
2011 Week 18 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 10 / 50 / 1 rush)
Tebow played by far his best game as a pro - and that's easy to say even before adjusting for the fact that he did it against the NFL's best overall and pass defense. His completion percentage leaves something to be desired, but he was accurate on the biggest throws he made. Pittsburgh game planned around the notion that Tebow wouldn't even be able to beat single coverage. Instead, he (and Demaryius Thomas) made the Pittsburgh secondary look complete incompetent - Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu in particular. With little pass rush, Tebow was afforded time to ensure his receivers were open downfield and to make the throws. He also ran effectively on both designed runs and plays where coverage wouldn't let him throw. Arguably the best throw he made was on the final play as he beat single coverage with outside leverage by Taylor, getting the ball over the linebackers and to his receiver - Thomas - in stride, enabling him to run for the winning touchdown.
2011 Week 19 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Tebow was down 7-0 before his team got the ball and 14-0 before he completed his first pass. This is a terrible game script for the young QB and he did not respond particularly well. Running the ball he was pretty much a non-factor and between misfires and dropped passes the air attack was not much more potent. His best carry of the day was his first, a 13 yard scamper around the left side after eluding the pass rush for a first down. From that point forward he had 4 carries for 0 yards. After overthrowing a man downfield by a good 5-8 yards the first drive ended with Tebow fumbling on a sack, a product of how low he brings the ball before he throws. His best throw of the first quarter was a 12 yard cross to Demaryius Thomas. The pass was not pretty but it was on target and well-timed and set up the Broncos lone TD. Tebow was 1/5 in the second quarter including 2 drops. He made a good throw on a deep hitch but telegraphed it and had it knocked away. His best throws in the second half came on the run as he pieced together two 60+ yard drives. On the first, he was 2/4 including a great throw rolling left to Eddie Royals for 15 yards. In the 4th quarter he put together his longest drive of the day and connected with Demaryius Thomas for 41 yards against a clearly softened Pats defense. Unfortunately, Tebow threw four straight incompletions from the 3 yard line, coming away with 0 points. Quite honestly, he looked completely overmatched with the Patriots taking away both the run and the deep ball.
2010 Week 1 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tebow did get a few direct snaps, but they were plays that basically amounted to QB shotgun draws, and therefore, were not productive.
2010 Week 6 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 6 / 23 / 1 rush)
Josh McDaniels is obviously desperate for a running game. Owners of Denver RB's and of Orton might find that Tebow becomes a regular part of the goalline package for the Broncos. It wouldn't be a bad idea. One of the most frustrating plays in all of college football was the Tebow run for 3-4 yards. He seemed to get it whenever he wanted it in college. Against the Jets, he did the same, as he got 3-4 yards every time he touched the ball, including a 5 yard TD in the 2nd quarter. It's very unlikely that Tebow will be a fantasy factor at all this season, but he could steal 5-7 td's as the year goes on.
2010 Week 10 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 2 / 1 rush)
A lot of hype, but little substance as Tebow makes another appearance. He did manage to score two touchdowns on only 3 plays however. Tebow had an easy walk in touchdown near the goal line, and another easy zone read run or pass option later for his second touchdown. He was able to execute these plays well and did what was asked of him, but Denver only allowed him to attempt his first pass in a complete route and may not have if they were losing in this game.
2010 Week 11 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tebow has carved out a role as something of a goal line specialist in recent weeks, but the Broncos didn't have very many opportunities to utilize him in this game. He came on late in the first quarter to hand the ball off to Knowshon Moreno, then quickly exited the game and didn't see another snap.
2010 Week 15 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 8 / 78 / 1 rush)
Tim Tebow delivered an admirable performance for his first start in the NFL. What he lacked in experience, he more than made up for in heart and determination as he continued to be fiery and support his teammates. Tebow has clearly been working very hard on his mechanics and although they still need some work and some passes are not as quick as you would like, he came up with several nice plays in this game. His best pass of the game came on a deep out pass from the right hash to the left sideline to Brandon Lloyd. Tebow dropped the ball right into Lloyd's hands and the timing was exquisite. Tebow also rushed for a 40 yard touchdown on a designed QB draw. This kid may not look like your average NFL quarterback, but the improvement he has shown since college is quite something and he took a positive first step today.
2010 Week 16 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 10 / 27 / 1 rush)
Tim Tebow showed marked improvement from his performance last week against Oakland and the offensive gameplan was much more suited to his strengths. Tebow completed a lot of quick, short passes on screens early to get him comfortable. He had a poor pass that got intercepted on what should have been a fade route to Brandon Lloyd in the end zone. The ball was thrown too low and too inside. To his credit, Tebow bounced back and showed some great mobility and velocity on throws downfield to Lloyd later, including a nice 13 yard completion as he avoided the rush. Tebow's most impressive completion of the game was a skinny post route to Jabar Gaffney right down the middle of the field. It landed right in Gaffney's outstretched hands and was a momentum shifting play. Tebow showed some accuracy issues near the goal line as he often threw passes too high for his receivers to even have a chance on them, but made up for that with a rushing touchdown late on, sparking "Tebow!" chants at Mile High.
2010 Week 17 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 13 / 94 / 1 rush)
Tebow almost brought the Broncos back for another stirring come from behind win, but his two hail mary attempts were unsuccessful. Once again, Tebow's game mainly consisted of WR screens, 50/50 deep balls, and runs, both designed and improvised. His TD passes were off of play action and easy close-in throws. He was off on many throws, although his accuracy was stunning at times on the move. He threw deep into double coverage and had a long release throw in the middle undercut by the safety on his two INTs, and looked the best by far in the two-minute drill when he could keep the play alive with his legs and outlast the defense. Tebow looked like a college QB, but a competitive one, even against NFL defenders. The pieces are already there for a fantasy stud, but he'll have to refine his game to be as successful in real NFL terms.