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Urban Meyer: Tim Tebow can start at quarterback in the NFL

Then-Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, right, gets a

Then-Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, right, gets a hug from his college coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, after the Broncos defeated the Miami Dolphins in Miami. Photo Credit: AP, 2011

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer believes Tim Tebow can be a starting quarterback in the NFL -- as long as he's in the right system.

Speaking on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," Meyer said Tebow could be just as successful as Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton.

Meyer said all Tebow needs is an NFL team to give him a chance in a spread offense.

"They are actually running a spread offense in the NFL," said the former Florida coach, who won two national titles with Tebow. "So my hope is, and I'm sure Tim feels the same way, is to go play in one of those systems where they let him play."

Tebow's tenure with the Jets presumably is over after only 12 games. He finished 6-for-8 for 39 yards and had 32 carries for 102 yards. But despite his wasted season, Tebow remains upbeat, according to Meyer.

"I talk to him every week, and he's still the most positive guy I've ever been around," he said. "He was so excited to go to New York and play for coach Ryan and the whole situation there. It didn't turn out, but you have to move on."


Vilma: Saints aren't Jets

Angered by a report citing an anonymous player calling for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to be fired, Jonathan Vilma delivered a not-so-veiled shot at his former team. "We're not the Jets who run to the media for everything," the New Orleans linebacker said, according to The Times-Picayune.

Vilma, the Jets' first-round pick in 2004, refused to say whether he agreed with the comments. "That's not the question or the point," he said. "If he's man enough to tell you, he should be man enough to put his name on it. And you should do the same."


Jet streams

Four players were signed to reserve/future contracts: WRs Joseph Collins and Emmanuel Arceneaux, DE Claude Davis and S Bret Lockett.

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