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Kraft rooting for Tebow 'big time'

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07:09 AM ET 08.28 | Is Bill Belichick listening? New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday that he is "rooting for" quarterback Tim Tebow to make the 53-man roster, but said the decision is up to [Belichick]. "I'm rooting for him big time," Kraft told reporters prior to the Patriots' annual kickoff gala. "I'm in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill make those decisions. He has a pretty good record doing it." Tebow survived the cut-down to 75 players on Tuesday, but as the Patriots' third quarterback, he is at risk of being cut when the Patriots make their final roster trim on Saturday. In his most recent preseason appearance on Aug. 16, Tebow went 1-for-7 passing for negative-1 yard and an interception. He did not play in last Thursday's loss to the Detroit Lions.

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August 28, 2013  07:22 AM ET

I still don't get the end game here.

August 28, 2013  07:26 AM ET
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I still don't get the end game here.

Thank you! You can't be wasting roster spots on someone whose best asset is delivering the pre-game prayer.

August 28, 2013  07:37 AM ET
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Thank you! You can't be wasting roster spots on someone whose best asset is delivering the pre-game prayer.

If he were Haitian, I'd accuse him of using Voodoo on the Jets and Bills.

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August 28, 2013  07:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I still don't get the end game here.

$$$$$

August 28, 2013  08:14 AM ET
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$$$$$

They're sold out, so it's not ticket sales. Will the presence of Tebow make fans buy more beer?

August 28, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Kraft can be mawkishly sentimental, so this is really no surprise.

August 28, 2013  08:20 AM ET
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They're sold out, so it's not ticket sales. Will the presence of Tebow make fans buy more beer?

Bigger picture... Post career tie-in's and such.

August 28, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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Bigger picture... Post career tie-in's and such.

post career = next cut down date.

August 28, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I still don't get the end game here.

Public Relations and very well done. The talk about the Pats has been about Tebow and not you know who waiting trial.

August 28, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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Public Relations and very well done. The talk about the Pats has been about Tebow and not you know who waiting trial.

Y'know, that's a very good point. A very good point.

August 28, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I still don't get the end game here.

If Tebow is on the opening day roster, the Jets will have to pay him a $1 M dollar bonus.

August 28, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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If Tebow is on the opening day roster, the Jets will have to pay him a $1 M dollar bonus.

Now that I like...then cut him. HA!!!

August 28, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They're sold out, so it's not ticket sales. Will the presence of Tebow make fans buy more beer?

Quite the opposite I would think. Kraft must be a member of the God Squad and he's trying to gain favor among the followers. A little gesture to help offset the Hernandez fiasco and spy gate.

August 28, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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Public Relations and very well done. The talk about the Pats has been about Tebow and not you know who waiting trial.

He's a more palatable distraction.

August 28, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Public Relations and very well done. The talk about the Pats has been about Tebow and not you know who waiting trial.

50 hit the nail right on the head. That's why.

August 28, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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50 hit the nail right on the head. That's why.

Said it from the get go. Smart move and Kraft does care about the image his team and so does BB. And I am not a Pats fan but I respect the heck out of them. Tebow may make the team alright, but he will not make the game day roster.

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August 28, 2013  10:01 AM ET

So Kraft told ol'Bill just remember who signs the paychecks and I like Tebow......if nothing else I will sell boo-coo's of Tebow jerseys this year.

 
August 28, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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If Tebow is on the opening day roster, the Jets will have to pay him a $1 M dollar bonus.

Really? I would definitely keep him on the roster, just for that.

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