Did Tim Tebow just play his final game?
The Patriots haven't announced their final cuts yet, and there are still a few more days before they have to pare their roster down to 53, but it's looking like he's likely not one of the players who are valuable enough to warrant a roster spot.
Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett have a stranglehold on the starting and backup QB roles, respectively, and Tebow doesn't appear to have shown enough value as a 3rd QB or in other roles to merit a spot on the final roster.
Of course, that could change. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is notorious for holding his cards close to the chest, and we never truly know what he's thinking. Perhaps this will be the first year in a long time in which he decides to carry three QBs on the roster. Perhaps Tebow's workouts with RBs and WRs went better than we realize, and maybe there's a place for him at a different position.
More likely, however, Tebow's time in New England has passed. Quite possibly, if and when Belichick gives up on him, his time in the NFL will draw to a close.
Once Belichick passes over Tebow, it will effectively be a death sentence for him as an NFL player. He is fortunate that Belichick gave him a chance in the first place, but being cut by the Patriots could be a nail in the coffin of his NFL career.
Tebow's final game actually wasn't that bad. Despite struggling mightily earlier in the preseason, Tebow went 6 for 11 in the finale with two touchdowns and an interception. He still showed his trademark inaccuracy, and he certainly wasn't perfect. He threw a pair of touchdown tosses to Quentin Sims, and didn't look as awful as we've been used to seeing.
CSN New England's Tom Curran wrote a nice piece about what might be Tebow's final appearance, and it reflects on Tebow both as a player and a person. Many people refer to Tebow as polarizing and divisive, but in reality he's really neither of the two.
On the field, most reasonable folks would agree that Tebow is a dynamic talent, but not a good passer by any measure. Off the field, he's one of the best people in football. Some might decry his over-the-top religious schtick, but there's no denying that we're all confident that he won't end up being the next Aaron Hernandez, and he's as sincere as anyone could possibly be about his beliefs.
Tim Tebow, regardless of whether or not he survives the last round of cuts in New England, will be a success. Hell, he already is. The football field might not be where he's meant to be, but there should be no doubt that wherever he ends up, he'll be successful. Perhaps not by your standards or mine, but Tim Tebow will be just fine.