The New England Patriots signed quarterback Tim Tebow this offseason, but that doesn't mean they signed him to jump into a big role. New England has put together one of the NFL's best offenses in recent years and aren't going to change it for the high-profile quarterback.
Looking at his possibilities with the team strictly at quarterback, Tebow can't be anything more than the No. 3 quarterback. Ryan Mallett has been New England's backup to Tom Brady since being drafted out of Arkansas in 2011.
There have been talks about trading Mallett in the past, but there's a reason the Patriots have never gone through with the idea. Head coach Bill Belichick realizes that Brady has only so many years left and Mallett has great potential.
Like Tebow, Mallett has a cannon for an arm, but the latter can also throw with a degree of accuracy that the former doesn't have.
At what position can Tim Tebow help the Patriots the most?
Obviously, Tebow has started in the NFL before and even brought the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011. What is sometimes forgotten during that season in Denver was that head coach John Fox had to change the entire offense for Tebow to succeed.
The Patriots are not going to do what Fox did for Tebow this or any year down the road. There's no reason to change an offense that helped Brady become the No. 3 passing leader in the league just last year.
Blending some gimmick-type plays into the offense for Tebow won't work either. New England's rival New York Jets tried that just last year to no avail. The Florida product rushed for just 102 yards on 32 attempts and threw just eight passes, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.
Tebow doesn't work as an H-back type player and can't contribute to the Patriots as a quarterback. Even the Jets thought he couldn't help the team on either aforementioned front and they have Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback.
There is little that the former Jet and Bronco can offer the Patriots that would get him on the field. It's possible that Tebow will not even make the final 53-man roster.
New England Patriots Featured Columnist Mike Dussault recently released his final roster predictions for the team. Tebow did not make his projected squad.
Tebow can offer little more than standing on the sidelines with a clipboard next year for the Patriots. New England might not even allow him to do that if other players look more worthy of a roster spot during training camp.