While New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick continues to dance around how he’ll employ Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner appears to be settling in at quarterback, according to a Boston Globe report.
“Ninety-nine percent of Tebow’s activity during his time with the Patriots has been spent learning to play quarterback in the team’s system,” writes the Globe’s Ben Volin. “He has only spent time in the quarterback meeting room, he wears a red non-contact jersey on the field and he runs the third-team offense during team drills.”
Tebow does log minutes during each practice catching passes with the skill-position players, though offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told the paper Monday that Tebow does that because, as a scrambling quarterback, he’ll have chances to carry the ball.
“He’s just practicing his open-field running,” McDaniels said. “Matt Cassel and (Doug) Flutie and some of those other guys I’ve had a chance to coach, I think we did the same types of things with them. And again we know Tim has a skill set that some of these other guys don’t possess in terms of his ability to run with it, scramble with it when he has it in his hands.”
For his part, Belichick barely shed any light on the subject.
“I think that we’ll use Tim wherever we feel like he’s best for the team, and I know that’s what he’s committed to doing as well,” Belichick told reporters last week. “Whatever that is.”
Seahawks WR Rice, Harvin deal with injuries
While wide receiver Percy Harvin was seeking a second opinion on his injured hip, fellow Seattle Seahawks wideout Sidney Rice also left the Seattle Seahawks’ training camp this week to receive medical attention on his left knee.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Rice is undergoing a non-surgical procedure on the knee in Switzerland. Carroll did not specify the type of treatment but said it was preventive in nature. Athletes sometimes travel to Europe for Regenokine, a blood manipulation technique.
Carroll is hopeful that Rice will not miss any preseason or regular-season games and anticipates the receiver will return to camp what he described “fresh legs,” according to 710 ESPN in Seattle.
Rice had knee problems late last season and was spotted on crutches after the Seahawks’ playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January.
Harvin, meanwhile, was in New York on Tuesday for an examination from specialist Dr. Bryan Kelly on what is believed to be a slight tear in the hip. There is no word yet on Kelly’s findings, but NFL.com reported that Harvin would meet with advisers on Tuesday night to discuss his next steps. Seahawks team doctors recommended no surgery.
Harvin, acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, was placed on the physically unable to perform list before the start of training camp.