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07:14 AM ET 08.30 | The Patriots may have worked out quarterbacks on Thursday, but Friday dawned with Tim Tebow on the roster after a mixed bag of a game against the Giants. If his final exhibition performance had any impact on his status before tomorrow's roster cut-downs, Bill Belichick will have a difficult time making the call in one direction or the other. Last night's final result: Tebow completed 6-of-11 passes for 91 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked four times and had six rushes for 30 yards. The numbers got a nice injection when Tebow tossed a garbage-time, jump-ball touchdown pass to Quentin Sims. ... If [Friday's] decision was predetermined and Tebow was signed with the intention of keeping him for the long haul, consider last night as another growing pain.

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August 30, 2013  07:26 AM ET

Other than Tebow, who honestly cares?

August 30, 2013  07:36 AM ET

Cut HIM!! Can't waste a roster spot on THAT!

August 30, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Everyone is missing the point. It's not about Tebow. It's about whether Bill Belichick wants to carry three quarterbacks on the roster or only two. It it's 3, then Tebow will suffice. If 2, then he has no chance.

Ryan Mallett, for those who didn't see the game, played a really impressive first half for a backup QB.

August 30, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Tebow's preseason stats:
11 Completions
30 Attempts
145 Yards
2 Touchdowns
2 Interceptions

36.7% Completions
4.8 Yards per attempt

47.2 Passer rating

August 30, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ryan Mallett, for those who didn't see the game, played a really impressive first half for a backup QB.

Against many second-stringers

August 30, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Everyone is missing the point. It's not about Tebow. It's about whether Bill Belichick wants to carry three quarterbacks on the roster or only two. It it's 3, then Tebow will suffice. If 2, then he has no chance.Ryan Mallett, for those who didn't see the game, played a really impressive first half for a backup QB.

Yes Mallett did. I just do not see Tebow on the roster. You keep a third QB if you are developing him, but this is his fourth year and not the case. I just do not see it. And NO way do you take take plays that matter away from Brady to give to Tebow. You are doing the defense a favor if you do.

August 30, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Against many second-stringers

Nah, Corey Webster and the rest of the Giants DBs just play like second stringers. Mallett did fine.

August 30, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Everyone is missing the point. It's not about Tebow. It's about whether Bill Belichick wants to carry three quarterbacks on the roster or only two. It it's 3, then Tebow will suffice. If 2, then he has no chance.Ryan Mallett, for those who didn't see the game, played a really impressive first half for a backup QB.

Bill Belichick likes to have a 3rd-string emergency QB who primarily contributes elsewhere. And he loves utility guys who can fill in at multiple positions.

Tebow wouldn't make the roster in a QB-only role. But he'll make the roster in New England because he offers versatility.

August 30, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Against many second-stringers

The G-men started their first string, and that's who Mallett was playing against.

I didn't recognize many of the names in the second half. Tebow, for sure, was playing with backups against backups. Yeah, he got clobbered a lot, but look at who was protecting him.

August 30, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yes Mallett did. I just do not see Tebow on the roster. You keep a third QB if you are developing him, but this is his fourth year and not the case. I just do not see it. And NO way do you take take plays that matter away from Brady to give to Tebow. You are doing the defense a favor if you do.

I look at it like a Troy Brown scenario. New England's former WR/CB/PR/emergency QB.

If they can get Tebow to play fullback, tightend, and some special teams... then it's worth keeping him on the roster as a 3rd-string QB.

But if he can't make the roster in New England, it's time to fill out the retirement papers.

August 30, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bill Belichick likes to have a 3rd-string emergency QB who primarily contributes elsewhere.

The last couple of years he carried both Malllett and Brian Hoyer.

I don't think he'd use Tebow as a QB, either, unless both Brady and Mallett were injured. But, you might see him as the up back in that fake punt play the Jets used last year.

They will keep Tebow. That's been the plan all along. There is nothing about him that required a pre-season to evaluate. If they didn't plan to have him on the roster, they wouldn't have signed him. He will show up in places you don't expect, lining up as a tackle and reporting eligible, and then, while the defense is figuring out what to do, the Pats will quick-snap and run an end around. Stuff like that.

August 30, 2013  08:38 AM ET

BB played him to showcase him hoping he had a good game. He is probably on the phone now calling a team like the Jags and offering him up for a fifth rounder. You don't give a roster spot to a guy who can only run a few specialty plays as a QB.

August 30, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Ah heck. I don't know. Honestly, do not really care either....I just know you are not a better offense by taking Brady off the field....

August 30, 2013  08:43 AM ET

For all the work he has supposedly done to correct his throwing mechanics, Tebow still has the long wind-up, still drops his hand nearly to his hip before starting his forward motion, and is still hit-or-miss on passes longer than 8 yards. Most of his long sideline throws land out of bounds. By now it's what you see is what you get.

August 30, 2013  08:46 AM ET

I like Tebow. But on merit there is no way he should make this team. If he wasn't "Tim Tebow" this would not even be a discussion.

August 30, 2013  08:51 AM ET

There will be a dozen better QB's on the market tomorrow, as well as tight ends and special team players. Time for Tim to buy the white suit and a big tent.

August 30, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Isn't it fun trying to guess what BB will do?

August 30, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Ah heck. I don't know. Honestly, do not really care either....I just know you are not a better offense by taking Brady off the field....

And - it really comes down to this, doesn't it?

August 30, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Robert Kraft and Josh McDaniels both want him. 83.7 quaterback rating in final preseason game. He makes the team.

 
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