Tim Tebow: ‘Not worried’ about his roster spot
|08.26.13 at 6:43 pm ET|
FOXBORO — If Tim Tebow is worried about making the 53-man roster when final NFL cuts are made Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, he’s certainly not showing it.
There’s been plenty of conjecture in the last two weeks as to whether his poor statistical production along with the lack of on-field performance will spell the end of his days in New England. He cleared one apparent hurdle when the Patriots cut their roster down to 77 active players before Monday’s practice.
Tebow is just 5-for-19 for 54 yards, one interception and 17.6 quarterback rating in two games. He did not get on the field against the Lions last Thursday.
Is he unsure about his future?
“I’m not worried about that,” Tebow said. “[I am] just focused on today. I learned very early on in my career at Florida to worry about what I can control and the things I can’t control, I’m not going to spend time worrying about. But I can control my attitude, my effort and focus every single day. Those are the things I’m going to worry about.
“Just trying to get better every day and improving, because I think that’s what it’s all about. I’ve been trying to get better every day so hopefully, that’s something I’ve been able to do.”
He would appear to be safely on the roster for Thursday’s game against the Giants, the preseason finale at Gillette Stadium.
Still the question had to be asked of New England’s most famous back-up QB: Any sense of your fate?
“I’m just focused on today,” Tebow said with his typical smile.
Is this week any different?
You don’t even think of what could be?
“No, just another game,” Tebow said. “You focus, not even on that game, but on preparing for that game. You focus on today, the install and getting ready for practice.”
As for Thursday and his likely bump in playing time, Tebow said he’s not worried.
“I love playing,” Tebow said. “I love competing. Everybody does in this locker room. We all love the game. That’s why we’re here. You just want to focus not on that but the preparation right now and that will take care of itself.”
How much playing time does he expect?
“I don’t know, I don’t know if I will know,” he said. “You just have to be ready.
“I think you focus on something every single day, whether that’s your rhythm, your timing, your accuracy, your decision-making, whatever it is, just learning and focusing on those things every day and slowing trying to improve.”
Josh McDaniels, the man who drafted him at the end of the first round in 2010, is working closely with him now as offensive coordinator.
“He’s still the same guy, and as a coach, he’s very smart and he likes to evolve and improve as a coach, and he loves the game of football,” Tebow said. “It’s fun being around him. A lot of coaches really enjoy what they do but you can tell, he really loves what he does and there’s a difference. So, it’s fun to be around a spark like that.”
Tebow was sporting a black modified Red Sox cap after practice in the locker room Monday. Was he looking for good karma?
“Just like the hat,” he said.
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