Hall of Fame NFL Executive Delivers Sobering Message To The Numerous Tim Tebow Critics (TWEET)

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The Jacksonville Jaguars were already getting attention after finally confirming that selection with No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence, who comes in with high expectations as being the next big thing at the QB position.

The team got even more attention when it was reported that they had plans to sign Tim Tebow as a tight end for a 1-year contract. It has led to a ton of backlash since the announcement.

But Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt had a message for Tebow’s critics.

“Never understood vitriol aimed at Tebow but even more perplexed by last 2 days,” Brandt said. “Worst I’ve heard is he’s taking a legitimate player’s spot. Tebow is the best use for Jacksonville’s 90th roster spot. Sell tickets. Get fan base excited. That “legitimate” player’s not making the 53.”

Tebow hasn’t been on an NFL roster since 2015 and hasn’t made a 53-man group since 2012.

On an episode of the “Cris Collinsworth PFF Podcast,” coach Urban Meyer said that the former NFL quarterback and minor league baseball player remains in great shape, calling him a “competitive maniac.”

“We have not signed Tim,” Meyer said. “There’s a thought going around. He was in the best shape of his life, asked to see if he could work out with a couple of our coaches. I wasn’t even there. They came back to me and said, ‘Wow, this guy’s in incredible shape.’ Then I went another time and watched them try him out. And they said go work on these things, he comes back later. They try him out again, I’m not there, they come in and they said, ‘Wow, this guy’s ball skills, he’s a great athlete, he looks like he’s 18-years-old, not 20, whatever he is, 33. I said, ‘Guys you don’t understand, now this guy is, he’s the most competitive maniac you’re ever gonna talk to and let’s give it a shot.’”

Tebow will have the chance to prove himself at a position he hasn’t played since his freshman year of high school.