Jets make use of Tebow in special situations

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow at the

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow at the Atlantic Health practice facility. (May 24, 2012) (Credit: Joe Epstein)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Tim Tebow lined up Thursdayduring the Jets' OTA as the "personal protector" on the punt team, where he's in position to take a direct snap for a fake punt but also has coverage responsibility to possibly make a tackle.

Asked when he last made a special-teams tackle, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Florida said, "I'd have to say never."

It's risky to use a backup quarterback on special teams, where he is subject to mayhem, but Rex Ryan said the 6-3, 236-pound quarterback is man enough to handle it. "So they're going to line up and come after Tebow, but I can tell you one guy that's not afraid of it," Ryan said. "That's Tim Tebow. I'm not afraid of it, either.

"If it's fourth-and-six or seven or less, are you sure you really want to rush it? We may fake it. Tim can throw it, and by the way, he'll run. He's an excellent football player . . . I have a feeling he'll run down and tackle somebody."

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Ryan said veteran linebacker Bart Scott and second-year defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson look good. "When Bart's up, the team is up," Ryan said. "He's had a great offseason. Muhammad Wilkerson, I think this guy is going to write his own ticket. You'll see the jump that he's making." . . . Veteran linebacker David Harris sat out with a minor calf strain . . . Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill caught a pass from Mark Sanchez and went 80 yards for a TD.

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