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Tim Tebow has tough day passing at Jets camp

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow watches practice

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow watches practice at NFL football training camp in Cortland. (July 29, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Tim Tebow's final day upstate was a rough one.

The Jets backup quarterback went 2-for-10 with an interception and was sacked four times by the second-team defense Thursday. But he did get to show off his fancy footwork, as the Jets practiced more Wildcat on their final training-camp day at SUNY Cortland.

They once again took advantage of a closed practice, but this time players weren't in full pads as they were for Monday's Wildcat unveiling. The Jets practiced the formation during their 11-on-11 team period against the starting and second-team defenses.

Members of the media, who are allowed to attend all training-camp practices per league rules, were again restricted from reporting specific details related to Tebow and personnel groupings.

The Jets likely won't show the Wildcat during the preseason, preferring to save the surprises for their regular-season opener against Buffalo Sept. 9. But it was needed practice, said Tebow, the formation's main attraction.

"I felt like we got some really good looks against our defense and they're playing pretty hard against it and showing us a lot of different things," Tebow said. "Obviously you want to get some reps live, but I think out there we're going almost full speed pretty much."

In one of the 11-on-11 series, Tebow was sacked twice and later strip-sacked by linebacker Garrett McIntyre. He also had a pass intended for Stephen Hill intercepted by Kyle Wilson during 11-on-11s. But despite his struggles -- he wasn't helped by poor pass protection from the second-team offensive line -- Tebow said he's gotten more comfortable with each snap. His completion percentage (which includes 7-on-7 and team drills) was "a little bit below" 50 percent at the start of organized team activities, according to Rex Ryan, and now is around 65 percent.

That's largely because Tebow has more of a feel with the "rhythm and timing" of the offense and in his play-action drops under center. Overall, he said he feels "pretty good" about his progress, but understands he has "a long way to go."

Lining up as a personal protector on special teams has been the biggest adjustment for Tebow, but everything else is "easy," he said.

But Tebow is still unsure about how -- and how often -- the Jets plan to use him this season. "We have a long way to go," he said, referring to the three weeks of preseason practices and games before Week 1. "We'll see what unfolds."

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