The Jacksonville Jaguars signing Tim Tebow as a tight end took the NFL by surprise.
Tebow will try and make a NFL roster for the first time since 2012.
And now one of Tim Tebow’s former teammates had jaw-dropping words to say about his comeback.
Former New York Jets quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst Greg McElroy weighed in on Tebow trying to make the Jaguars as a tight end.
McElroy told College Sports on Sirius XM that when McElroy and Tebow played together with the Jets in 2012, Tebow tried to play as a tight end and it was a failed experiment.
“[The Jets] tried switching him to tight end, and he wasn’t good,” McElroy stated.
McElroy said people that were comparing Tebow to the New Orleans Saints wide receiver/quarterback Taysom Hill were missing the boat.
“Tim ran a 4.8 (40-yard dash), Taysom Hill runs a 4.4,” McElroy added. “They’re just two totally different players. Tim is a good dude and I hope the best for him. But it’s a sideshow, and that’s what it will become training camp time.”
McElroy added that he thought having Tebow around for training camp would undermine new head coach Urban Meyer’s attempt to build a new team first culture.
“And I think it kind of undermines what Urban Meyer is trying to build,” McElroy continued. “Maybe he makes the team. Maybe he doesn’t. I don’t know. But it’s going to take away from the task at hand, which is trying to put together the most competitive roster in camp.”
McElroy concluded by claiming some players on the Jaguars would resent all the attention the media paid to a guy trying to make the team as a fourth string tight end and called the whole thing a “stupid move.”
“And I bet you there’s going to be players, as someone who went to training camp with Tim, there are going to be players who are rolling their eyes at the amount of attention the fourth-string, fifth-string tight end gets,” McElroy concluded, “and it’s going to piss people off. As a result, it’s going to affect locker room chemistry, just like it did for us with the Jets. Not because anyone had any animosity toward Tim, they just have animosity with the coverage Tim receives. So, I think it’s a stupid move.”
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