Tim Tebow‘s NFL comeback playing tight end for the first time in his career ended Tuesday when he was among the Jaguars’ initial round of cuts to get their roster down from 90 players to 85.
Tebow thanked the Jaguars on his Twitter account: ”Thankful for highs and even the lows, the opportunities and the setbacks. I never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream. Thank you to the Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey.”
Tebow, 34, has not been on an NFL roster since 2015, when he failed to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final 53-man for the regular season.
He was signed by the Jaguars in May and was reunited with Urban Meyer, who coached him at Florida from 2006-09. A Heisman Trophy winner in 2007, Tebow helped the Gators win two national championships as their starting quarterback under Meyer.
On Tuesday, Meyer said waiving Tebow was the proper move for the franchise.
”We knew that it was an uphill battle for Tim,” Meyer said. ”Elite warrior, elite competitor, but he’s also 34 years old. Players loved him, locker room loved him, but it was the right thing.”
Asked what was the biggest obstacle that held Tebow back in his unsuccessful NFL comeback, Meyer said special teams. Tebow did not draw any special teams snaps against the Browns in the preseason opener.
”Tight end position is one of those, and tailback, if he can’t contribute on special teams, that’s a tough go,” Meyer said. ”Two of the special teams phases are tackling, and if you’ve never tackled, that’s what I found myself – and I’m still finding myself, all of us, every off day, we’ll have a two-to-three-hour meeting about roster management. We expect to be very good in special teams.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, John Reid – Florida Times-Union