Among YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans, expectations for Tim Tebow in the NFL have not been very high. Many were surprised when the 26-year-old quarterback helped the Broncos make it to the playoffs and score a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 2 seasons back. The former college star has not had the kind of successful transition into professional football that Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III have enjoyed. His strange time with the New York Jets ended abruptly. Just when Internet sports wagering enthusiasts thought they had seen the last of him, Tebow signed a 2-year deal with the Patriots.
Bill Belichick, New England’s head coach, told YouWager’s source, “All players have different skill sets and some guys do some things better than others. You have to look at the total package and what they’re able to do in all areas of the game. I don’t think there’s one specific style you have to have or don’t have to have. In the end, it’s about production and being able to do enough things to be successful.”
So far, the Tebow Experiment has not revealed any great surprises. In New England’s preseason opener, against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tebow went 4-of-12, throwing for 55 yards. Tebow was sacked 3 times. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tebow only completed one pass and threw an interception.
Recently an NFL scout, who did not want to reveal his name, told a YouWager news source, that in practices, Tebow doesn’t seem to have the kind of speed he showed the SEC when he played for Florida. Other scouts said that based on what they have seen, they don’t think Tebow could make it in the CFL either. Some sportsbook bettors had speculated that this might be a better place for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Earlier, there was some talk about how Tebow might play a position other than quarterback. After Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, there was some speculation in the online betting world that Tebow might become a tight end. Tebow was even seen catching passes in a practice session.
The scouts may say Tebow is slow, but he can still scramble when he has to. Tebow has run 10 times for 61 yards in 2 games. Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells sees things in the young man that others don’t. He explained it this way to YouWager’s source, “I think Tebow has some attributes that are difficult to see, and I respect those attributes. He’s accomplished a great deal in his football career. He really has. But he has to pass the ball better. He has a great coach in Bill Belichick and he has the benefit of Bill having done things like this in the past.”
Dealing with dyslexia and the physical challenges of throwing a football, accurately, during an NFL game, Tebow says he’s working hard to maintain his concentration. He told YouWager’s source, “I worry about what I can control, not listening to outside influences. It’s my attitude and my effort and getting better every day and just staying focused.”
Despite the critics, the skeptics, and the scouts, perhaps Tebow will produce more surprises for sportsbook bettors.