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Tim Tebow on Aaron Hernandez: “It was heartbreaking and it was sad’

07.26.13 at 1:05 pm ET
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Tim Tebow speaks after his first full training camp practice with the Patriots Friday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Tim Tebow speaks after his first full training camp practice with the Patriots Friday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Tim Tebow made his training camp debut Friday outside Gillette Stadium.

The former teammate of Aaron Hernandez at Florida was asked his reaction to the murder charge against the former Patriots tight end.

“It was heartbreaking and it was sad. We’ve been advised not to comment, as I’m sure you’ve all heard a bunch of times, not to comment on an ongoing legal investigation so I’m not going to comment further. But it’s just heartbreaking and sad and all my thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.

“I understand why you have to ask all the questions and that’s part of doing your job,” Tebow said. “Part of mine is listening to instruction and we’ve been told not to talk about.”

Asked if he had spoken to Hernandez since the story broke in late June, Tebow repeated the team’s no-talk policy on the case.

“We’ve been asked not to talk about it,” he said.

As far as on the field, Tebow struggled at times reading defense during the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, getting intercepted once by Chandler Jones and getting a sideline reaction from the defense during 7-on-7 drills when he was taking a long time in the pocket.

But all of that said, Tebow said he is simply focused on what Bill Belichick is asking him to do.

“I just do what I’m told and work as hard as I possibly can to do the best job I can with whatever I’m asked to do,” Tebow said.

Tebow did catch one pass from Ryan Mallett during agility drills between the cones but nothing in formation. Will he see time at tight end?

“I’m going to do what coach asks me to do,” Tebow replied. “I’m just doing what I’m asked but so far I’ve been strictly in the QB room.

“It was fun, it was a lot of fun to get out here and really start practicing,” he said. “It was our fourth practice [with quarterbacks] and every one, I feel, has gotten better. This is the first one with everybody out here and it was lot of fun. You have a great coaching staff and great players, and getting to watch one of the best ever to play the game in [Tom Brady], so it was a lot of fun.”

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