In this NFL news, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow made his return after a two-year gap from the NFL in the preseason opener game against the Indianapolis Colts. This follows after his controversial “deflategate” issue. Has “deflategate” been forgotten?
Tebow finished the game 6-for-12 for 69 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, while also running four times for 15 yards and one touchdown.
‘I liked how Timmy threw it’
According to USA Today, Eagles coach Chip Kelly praised Tebow’s performance at the game.
“Today, I liked how Timmy threw it,” Kelly said. “I know that’s the big concern with everybody coming in, (wondering) has he really changed? And I think his sequencing is better, and he’s got his feet underneath him. When the guys ran the right routes and he had an opportunity to throw the football, I thought he threw the ball really well.”
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Towards the beginning, Tebow completed five of his first six throws for 61 yards. However, he regressed as the game went forward, going only 1-for-6 for the remainder of the game.
“I think there were some things that maybe we did decent, and there are some things we’ve got to work on,” Tebow said.
“We’ve got to be more consistent and improve communication with the offensive line and the receivers. It’s never as good as it seems, and it’s never as bad as it seems. It’s just one more day to try to improve, and I’ll try to get a little bit better tomorrow.”
Improved throwing motion
According to Yahoo Sports, his throwing motion was impressive and more compact in the preseason opener. This was in contrast to his problem of holding the ball for too long during his stint with the New England Patriots in 2013.
Kelly said that some of Tebow’s problems were a consequence of playing with third-team offensive linemen and wide receivers.
“You have to look at who’s in with who,” Kelly said. “A different set of receivers was in when Tim was in, and a different line at times. A couple of those, you’re wondering, ‘why is he doing that?’ Well, the receiver ran the wrong route. There were a couple of busts out there.”
Tebow was welcomed with a standing ovation as he entered the field. The gesture was so loud that he had to flap his arms up and down to quiet the crowd at the Lincoln Financial Field.
It's great to see Tim Tebow at least get a chance after two years out of the NFL. Crowd went so crazy he had to signal for quiet.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 16, 2015
His strong arm played a significant role in the game, allowing him to throw a pass on his first drive to convert a third-and-12 and a couple of touch passes, one of which was to Rasheed Bailey.
— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2015
Tim Tebow Touchdown. And what's left of this deranged crowd goes nuts. Tebow on the keeper. We'll always have this moment guys. Always
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 16, 2015
“Humbled” by the support, Tebow said his emphasis was on making the team.
The Eagles play Baltimore Ravens in their next preseason game on August 22.
“Tim is not a gadget guy,” Kelly said. “I think Tim is a quarterback, and I think he’s proven that so far when he’s been out here. … I think when Tim gets in there, you’ll see him run the ball a little bit.”