The Jaguars decided to cut Tim Tebow on Tuesday ahead of the NFL’s mandatory 85-man roster deadline. Tebow’s release comes after he played just one preseason game at his new tight end position.
Jacksonville’s coach Urban Meyer admitted that parting with Tebow wasn’t easy, but he knew that he had to do it.
“It’s tough,” Meyer said to reporters. “We knew that it was an uphill battle for Tim. Players loved him. Locker room loved him. But it was the right thing.”
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Meyer also noted that Tebow’s lack of presence on special teams factored into his release.
“It was special teams,” Meyer said. “This whole roster management is really critical as we journey here into the next two weeks. Two of the special teams phases are tackling and he had never tackled . . . The tight end position is one of those [positions], and tailback, if you can’t contribute on special teams, that’s a tough go.”
That’s certainly true, but Tebow’s lone preseason game also played a role in his release. He struggled at his new position and failed to make a catch. He was targeted just once on 16 snaps and didn’t play on special teams.
More damning was his inability to block. Tebow whiffed on a couple of key ones late in the third quarter of the Jaguars vs. Browns game. On the first one, he spun off the defender and fell to the ground.
On the next play, he barely touched his defender before the man blew past him and tackled running back Dare Ogunbowale for a loss.
After that poor performance, Meyer felt he had to release Tebow, who played under him during their days together at Florida. How did Tebow take his release?
“Great,” Meyer said. “We talked last night, talked again this morning. As I did with the other guys.”
And will this mark the end of Tebow’s NFL career?
“I would guess it is,” Meyer said. “We didn’t get deep with that. Obviously, he’s his own man … elite warrior, elite competitor but he’s also 34 years old.”
It’s hard to envision another team taking a chance on Tebow, who hasn’t played a regular-season snap since 2012 when he was a quarterback for the Jets.
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