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Tebow takes two 1st team reps; responds to Bruschi
Rex Ryan again insisted Tim Tebow only would practice with the twos, but as Wednesday’s minicamp practice drew to a close, there was the backup quarterback – taking reps with the first team.
“It felt the same,” said Tebow, who took two reps with the starters in the red zone. “I was just playing football. It didn’t really feel any different.”
Ryan said before the practice – which was open to the public – that Tebow and Mark Sanchez are coexisting just “fine,” reiterating who is his starting quarterback.
“Is he behind Sanchez on the depth chart?” the coach asked, referring to Tebow. “Yes.”
But before heading out to the practice field, Ryan was asked whether or not Tebow will take first-team reps. “We’ll see,” he said. “I would think there may be times when he does that, but right now he’ll be with the two’s”.
A team spokesman later clarified the coach’s statement, saying Ryan was referring specifically to special Wildcat-type formations. At this point, the Jets are still installing their base offense.”
Tebow -- who is close to his goal weight of 250 -- said he wasn’t surprised by the two red-zone reps he took with the starters because offensive coordinator Tony Sparano “does that every now and then.”
“It’s just a feel thing,” said the backup quarterback, who cautioned against reading into it too much.
Asked if his goal is to eventually start taking more reps with the ones, Tebow said no.
“I think one way you can look at it is with the group you’re going with, if you do a good job with them, you should do an even better job with the ones,” he said. “That’s how I look at it, from the positive standpoint. If you’re able to communicate with the protections and the routes with the twos, who are usually a lot of young guys, then when you get to the ones, it just should get easier from there.”
Tebow – naturally – didn’t take offense to Tedy Bruschi’s recent remarks about the backup quarterback’s access in the locker room. Instead, Tebow said his job is to toe the company line – and that includes accommodating media requests.
“Someone mentioned something to me about it,” Tebow said of Bruschi’s comments. “To be honest I just do what I’m told and I’m told this day to talk to you, so I’m gonna talk to you. And, to be honest, I just go about it however the Jets set it up, the rules they want us to do, who they want us to talk to, who they don’t want us to talk to, and so I don’t get paid enough to make all those decisions, I just do what I’m told and try to do as best as I can.”
Bruschi, a former Patriot and current ESPN analyst, said last week that Tebow needs to “disappear.”
“You’re not the starting quarterback, it’s Mark Sanchez’s team,” Bruschi said. “I want my voice to come from my head coach and my quarterback – my starting quarterback. That message has to be consistent.”
Tebow said he always has respected the Super Bowl champion-turned TV analyst, but he doesn’t think he’s overstepping boundaries.
“I don’t know if I’m out there talking,” the quarterback said. “I’m here talking to y’all because that’s what they want, so, like I said, I’m just doing what I’m told and trying to make the most of it. So, that’s something you figure that he’d understand, that I just do whatever I’m asked to do.
“Teddy is a guy that I’ve always respected and he always makes a lot of great points, so, I’m sure he had a great reason for it, but like I said, I’m just doing what I’m asked to do.”