According to a report by Ed Werder, Tim Tebow has been signed by the New England Patriots, and they expect him to report to minicamp tomorrow.
Just filed to ESPN: The Patriots are signing QB Tim Tebow and expect him to be in minicamp tomorrow— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 10, 2013
It's actually a bit amusing that Werder referred to him as a QB, because if there's one thing we know for a fact it is that barring a series of extremely unfortunate events, there is zero chance that Tebow will ever take the field for the Patriots at the QB position.
Tom Brady will be on the field 100% of the time whenever he is healthy. No matter what the situation, the Patriots will never even consider taking him off the field to give Tebow a snap under center.
Their backup, Ryan Mallett, is one of the more capable backups in the league, and the Patriots are very high on his long-term potential. He can run the same exact style offense as Brady (albeit not at the same level of effectiveness of course), so he's the ideal backup. There's no way Tebow even factors into the backup QB discussion either.
Tebow doesn't want to be a 3rd string QB, and if he's a QB in New England, that's exactly what he'd be.
That's why it's pretty clear that he's not going to be a QB in New England.
The Patriots love to experiment with athletic, intelligent players who can make a difference in multiple positions. Whether it's moving WR Troy Brown to cornerback, Julian Edelman to safety, or incorporating linebacker Mike Vrabel into the offense in goal line situations, Bill Belichick is known for unconventional moves that maximize the value of his players.
That's exactly what he'll do with Tebow.
Whether it's as a punt protector, fullback, linebacker, tight end (we know Belichick can never have too many of those), Tim Tebow will absolutely take the field for the Patriots, and he'll probably make a significant difference when he does.
It just won't be at quarterback. You can take that to the bank.