By ERIC BALMER
Quarterback Tim Tebow couldn’t seem to handle the pressure of playing in the “Big Apple.” After being released from two teams in two years, it’s apparent that Tebow has yet to find his place in the National Football League. There has been much speculation on whether or not the New York Jets would keep him, and over the draft this weekend it was obvious his team had little interest in keeping him around.
Geno Smith, the former quarterback of West Virginia, was selected in the second round by the Jets. New York, with the selection of Smith, gives the team five quarterbacks on the roster (the maximum number they will keep). During the offseason Tim’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, was given permission by the team to start negotiating trade deals. Although several teams were interested, especially to see if Tebow would change positions, because he would not, their interest faded. Many people believe a smart move for him would be to move from quarterback to tight end.
Jet’s coach, Rex Ryan, said all the right things to the media, and said that the organization though highly of Tebow. “We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward” (espn.com).
Tim seemed to have no chance in staying on the Jet’s roster, as he only had 77 snaps. During his short stay as a Jet, he attempted only eight throws for 39 yards, even though he played in 12 games. In 2011, which was his last year in Denver, he threw six interceptions, fumbled seven times and had a completion percentage of 46.5 percent. These stats are a far cry from the 67.8 percent completion percentage, close to 1,000 yards rushing and 2,895 passing yards of his senior year of college.
After a weekend of many young players seeing their NFL aspirations come true, Tim Tebow watched his chances of being a professional quarterback all but wash down the drain. Perhaps all he can do is kneel in the pose that made him famous, and pray for a new direction.