Tim Tebow has been dominating the headlines since it was reported he worked out at the tight end position for the Jacksonville Jaguars hours before the 2021 NFL Draft.
ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson added his name to the long list of people who are not a fan of the move. Johnson unleashed a passionate rant during this past Friday’s appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show.
“Urban Meyer decides he’s going to reach out, or whatever, his quarterback reached out to him from college in Tim Tebow, who was a fabulous college quarterback, not so well in the pros, eight years removed,” Johnson said. “The theory or the thought is, ‘We’re going to work him out and possibly sign him.’ You know how many players are removed from the NFL in one, two, three years that could still play and not 34 years old, 33 years old, that can’t get a workout, can’t get a sniff because people just assume they don’t want to deal with them, for whatever reason? And Tim Tebow gets the opportunity eight years removed, could get the opportunity, eight years removed. And not only at the position he was drafted at, (but) at another position he never played.”
The former WR said Tebow playing tight end for the Jaguars would be like him asking an NFL team to give him a chance to try out at outside linebacker or safety.
“What Urban Meyer has to understand is there’s going to be people in that building and in that locker room that’s not going to like it if they sign him. And that could potentially fracture something that you’re trying to build. It’s not going to bridge a gap. It’s going to cause a gap in that bridge with that locker room.”
Longtime former Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith, however, loves the move.
“We need a guy like Tim Tebow, whose a hometown hero who has love for the city anyway,” he told TMZ Sports.
“We don’t need Colin Kaepernick on our team,” he said, via TMZ Sports.
The other positive Smith sees with Tebow is that Tebow can be a “great support” for former Clemson star and No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence.
“He’s going to be a great support for Trevor Lawrence. Whatever capacity that is, it’s going to be a positive rather than a negative,” Smith said, via TMZ Sports.
“I pray that he makes the 53-man roster, because we need all we can get.”