JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Gary from St. Augustine, FL
The Jaguars are signing Tim Tebow? Really? What are they thinking? Seriously.
We'll address this first this morning, because news indeed broke Monday afternoon that the Jaguars are expected to sign former NFL quarterback/former minor-league-baseball-player/former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that Tebow is expected to a one-year deal with the Jaguars with a chance to make the team as a tight end. With all the over-the-top hot takes and wild reaction to this news, perhaps it's important to focus on the part that says "with a chance to make the team …" Tebow is 33 and never has played tight end. He struggled for the most part as a quarterback in the NFL and subsequently spent time in the New York Mets' farm system. He also is an otherworldly athlete and ultracompetitive. Perhaps the latter traits can make up for the former during his stint with the Jaguars. As for what Head Coach Urban Meyer is thinking? He's thinking that perhaps Tebow – who he coached while at the University of Florida from 2006-2009 – can help the team in some capacity. It's unlikely he's thinking that Tebow will be a Pro Bowl player at tight end. It's unlikely he's thinking Tebow will solve the Jaguars' need for a pass-receiving tight end. As I've written and said multiple times, there's not much harm in this move. His presence in no way means the Jaguars can't or won't sign/trade for another tight end. If he makes the team, great. If he doesn't, thank him and move on. I don't know that there's all that much more to the story than that. Besides, you know … Twitter.
Greg from Boise, ID
So ... a 33-year-old former quarterback who wasn't so great in the NFL is a better choice at tight end even though he has never played tight end before than a player who has played tight end extensively but often injured. There have been quite a few NFL players who had injury problems the first couple years and went on to have nice careers, but zero average-or less-than-average quarterbacks who converted to tight end at 33-years-old and got another chance to play. This is nothing more than an old friend giving a player one last shot at glory and money. Pathetic and embarrassing.
You're not wrong that Tebow making the team is a long shot; and you're not wrong that it's an unusual move. And you're also not wrong that there's a chance the Jaguars gave up on former tight end Josh Oliver too early; it's not out of the realm of possibility that he would have been a productive player. I guess I just can't share your passion over what is a comparatively minor issue. I'm not saying the passion isn't impressive. I just can't quite get on board.
Gator from Gainesville, FL
Whut kinda distraction in He going to be? Evryone will be distracted at the beer line when He catches TD pass after TD pass and when the D is on the field He will be willing them on with His leedership abilities. He makes evryone round Him better and Urban nos it, thats why he quit after He gradgeated. Trevor needs Him thats why he wants Him sined now!!!!
And away we go …
Jags Fan from Melbourne, FL
Why am I finding out about Tim Tebow signing with the Jags on Bleacher Report instead of on jaguars.com?
It is the policy of jaguars.com not to report signings until they are official. Tebow reportedly will sign with the Jaguars sometime soon. It has not happened yet.
Josh from Atlanta, GA
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence wins Offensive Rookie of the Year with 31 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Jaguars safety Andre Cisco wins Defensive Rookie of the Year with six interceptions and 81 tackles. Urban Meyer wins coach of the year after leading the team to (X) wins. Based on the first two trophies we got, what is X?
How many touchdown passes did Tebow catch? Fifteen? Twenty? Thirty?
Chris from San Diego, CA
What happens when TL has his first multiple-interception game and the fans start chanting TEBOW in the stadium? Not sure this team needs that type of distraction.
I'm going to put my faith in the good of man and common sense that that will not happen. I don't know that that's a wise approach on my part, but that's my plan.
Bryan from Tampa, FL
He's back, baby! His combination of size, speed and athleticism is truly elite. You don't see it these days! And the leadership! His leadership is something this locker room sorely missed last year. Indeed, it is hard to understate the importance of having a healthy Josh Allen back on the Jaguars this year.
John from Jacksonville
Hi KOAGF - Now that the draft dust is starting to settle, Tebow will soon be signed (it's not an if but a when). If he practices well and makes the final cut, the team could keep only two quarterbacks and theoretically have Tebow as the third emergency quarterback (Lawrence injury and second quarterback struggles). This gives the team an extra roster spot for more depth. What say you?
I suppose Tebow could be an emergency option at quarterback in some situations. I doubt that would influence whether the Jaguars kept a third quarterback on the roster or the practice squad. That's because you typically need three quarterbacks for practice, and Tebow in theory would be playing tight end at that time. If he makes the regular-season roster.
Robert from Middleburg, FL
This franchise is still a clown show. Let's sign Urban's son who hasn't played football in seven years; how's that going to play in the locker room? Try to convince us there wasn't one tight in free agency or the draft that isn't better than a guy who hasn't played in seven years and not even as a tight end. Plus, he wasn't any good at his natural position.
So … one not fer Tebow, I guess.
Scott from Wichita, KS
I'm just as excited about quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne as everyone else, but if they can't get on the field it won't matter. Do you feel the Jaguars have done enough to be able to stop the run? If we can't stop the run, then nothing else really matters.
The Jaguars traded for nose tackle Malcom Brown in the offseason and signed defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris as an unrestricted free agent. They selected nose tackle Jay Tufele from Southern California in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Could they have done more? I suppose, but given the other areas that needed to be addressed, those are pretty significant additions. Was it enough? That will depend largely on Brown and Tufele. They feel like good fits, and there are many draft analysts who believe Tufele can be a very stout interior player for a long time. I think the Jaguars will be better against the run next season. I don't know that they will be as good as they want to be in this area because it can take an offseason or two to go from where the Jaguars were last season to elite in the middle of the defensive line.
Matty from Saint Augustine, FL
I'm back!!! My ideal situation is: re-sign Tyler Eifert. He is a serviceable tight end we can get for a bargain price. He can also help rookie Luke Farrell get better at the position – a bridge if you will. Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. and Eifert were very underutilized last season due to the quarterback position and being behind every game dang near. Eifert still has game! All in for Eifert!!
So, one fer Eifert.
Dave from Orlando, FL
Zone – Jaguars wide receiver Collin Johnson weighs a little less, but is exactly the same height as Kyle Pitts, 6-5 5/8. Close enough, move him five yards inside, call him a TE and call it a day. Next?
That's not going to happen. Meyer was asked about this shortly after the 2021 NFL Draft. While he said the idea was discussed, the belief is that Johnson doesn't have quite the frame to add the weight to handle the move.
Biff from Jacksonville
Nice coming to the O-Zone and seeing the joy. We're a happy, we're a happy family, we're a happy family. Funky Spring?
I am a conduit of happiness.
Catherine from Jacksonville
Is it just me or is the comments section a crazy place? By crazy I mean certifiable. I don't go there often and almost never go to other team sites unless Jags are playing that team that week, but the folks on our site seem uniquely miserable and combative with each other.
It strikes me that today, perhaps above all days, might be an appropriate day to again ask: What's a "comments section?"