Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - As expected, New England Patriots coach Bill
Belichick was very brief when talking to the media for the first time about
the signing of quarterback Tim Tebow.
"Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interest of the team. Tim is a
talented player that's smart and works hard, so we'll see how it goes,"
Belichick said when initially asked about Tebow.
The Patriots officially signed Tebow on Tuesday, just one day after the news
broke that the former Denver Bronco and New York Jet was heading to New
According to ESPN, Tebow signed a two-year contract that includes no
Belichick declined to get into specifics when asked about how Tebow will be
"We're gonna do what we think is best for this football team, so, I don't
know, we'll see," Belichick said. "We'll see, I don't know."
It didn't take long before Belichick wanted to change the subject.
"We've already talked enough about him. We'll see how it goes, take it from
there," he said.
Tebow, who will wear No. 5, was on the practice field Tuesday working with the
Patriots' quarterbacks, wearing a red (non-contact) jersey, for the first day
of Patriots mandatory minicamp.
"First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an
opportunity," Tebow said after practice. "I'm very thankful. It's such an
honor to be a Patriot and play for Coach Belichick and Coach McDaniels, and
learn under Tom (Brady) and be a part of this great franchise and very
successful franchise. I found out first-hand; lost to them several times.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to working hard every
single day and getting a lot better and learning under some great people.
That's all I got. Thank you all so much and God bless. I'm sure we'll be
talking more soon."
The move reunites Tebow with the coach who drafted him in the first round of
the 2010 NFL Draft, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. McDaniels
was the head coach of the Broncos at the time.
Tebow led Denver to the playoffs in his second season after becoming the
starter in Week 4 of the 2011 campaign, but was traded to the Jets for a pair
of draft picks the following offseason.
New York tried to use the former Florida product in several different
capacities -- including signal caller of the 'Wildcat' formation as well as
punt block specialist -- but ultimately was unsuccessful and never given a
chance to play his natural position -- quarterback -- despite the struggles of
incumbent starter Mark Sanchez.
Tebow appeared in 12 games with the Jets and was waived at the end of April.
He has accumulated 29 total touchdowns and has thrown for 2,422 yards over the
course of a three-year career.
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