The Jaguars have their first true TE in a long time, and we might have a better idea who he is playing for now that he’s in the spotlight.
Tim Tebow will be starting his second year at the highest level of football with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His first year was spent on the bench as he watched Blake Bortles take the snaps. Tebow was still on the team and was working with Tom Coughlin as a tight end during training camp, but was listed as an extra receiver.JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The hardest part of Logan Thomas’ transition from quarterback to tight end was saying yes. He was heavily recruited in high school, finished his career at Virginia Tech as the best pass rusher in school history and was good enough to be selected in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals. Being a quarterback was his trademark. It always has been and always will be. While sitting on his couch after being fired by the New York Giants in November 2016, he received a call from Detroit general manager Bob Quinn. He wanted to coach Thomas as a tight end. I said: Well, I’m tired of sitting on the couch, so let’s do it, Thomas said. … It means putting your ego on the table. This is the hardest part of the transition, to be perfectly honest. It turned out to be the right decision. Thomas, who played just two games with the Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Giants, is now one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He broke through in 2020: He caught 72 balls for 670 yards and six touchdowns as a member of the Washington football team and says he’s just beginning to show what kind of player he can be. All because he was willing to give up who he was. However, the transition wasn’t easy and it took Thomas several years to get comfortable in the tight end role, which can’t be overlooked now that Tim Tebow has made the decision to say yes as well. What you need to know about the Jacksonville Jaguars team: – Jaguars Free Agent Signings – Free Agent Coverage | More NFL – Analysis of each Jaguars draft pick – Tipper draft grades for each team – McShay’s favorite pick for all 32 teams – Jaguars Game Plan for 2021 | All Games Tebow was a very attractive prospect, having won the Heisman Trophy and two national titles at Florida, and was the 25th pick. 2010 NFL Draft Pick at quarterback. He started 14 games in two seasons with the Denver Broncos before transferring to the New York Jets after the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning. Tebow played on special teams and was used as a QB with the Wildcats and also participated in several episodes at the H-back position. Teams wanted him to be a quarterback, but he was determined to remain a quarterback and his career declined. He attended camp with the New England Patriots in 2013, didn’t play football in 2014 and spent the entire preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 before being cut. Six years later, he changed his mind and his former coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, gave him a chance to play tight end for the Jaguars. Judging by the way Thomas’ transition has gone, it’s probably unrealistic to expect much, if anything, from the 33-year-old Tebow in 2021. Thomas (5-foot-10, 90 pounds) and Tebow (5-foot-10, 90 pounds) are both big, physical guys, although Thomas was 25 when he agreed to switch teams. To Tebow’s credit, he doesn’t need to gain body mass to stay physically upright. Thomas also said that understanding passing concepts from a quarterback’s perspective is a big help, but Tebow should expect problems when it comes to blocking. Very much so. He admits he was a wreck during his first full practice as a tight end with the Buffalo Bills, who picked up Thomas from Detroit’s practice squad two days after he signed with the Lions. After leaving the quarterback position, Logan Thomas really flourished in his fourth season at the new position. Scott Galvin – USA TODAY Sports It was like a whirlwind, Thomas said. I didn’t know how to block someone. I could plan a route, which was fine, but I didn’t know how to block the soul. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what angle to take, how high my pillow should be, where my hands should be. Honestly, that’s the hardest part about the tight end position. If you’ve never played a position where you have to block, it’s [difficult]. You have to learn] when the run goes to the left, how quickly the defender will disappear to the left. Or, if the race is good, how quickly they try to punch you in the face. And if you try to fight one on one, they are automatically bigger and stronger than you. It’s about learning the technique and understanding how to do it, what to expect, and how to execute what you want to do. Tebow had no problems running routes and catching passes during the Jaguars’ organized team practice last Thursday, but he received additional instruction from tight ends coach Tyler Bowen on footwork and blocking. But expecting Tebow to be up to the task early in the season – even with all the extra effort he’ll put in – is unreasonable. Thomas didn’t feel good about blocking until after the 2019 offseason. It took me two full years to become familiar with the game and say: I did: Okay, I know what I’m doing, Thomas said. That’s the way to go. Now get out there and do it. Now you want to automatically specify weight and size? Yes, but if you keep your head down and adopt the technique, that’s what counts. But it took me two years to figure it out: Dude, I can do this. I feel very comfortable. – Thomas is an example of Tebow moving to TE – Neal hopes to be a big hit at LB – Can the Saints afford to upgrade CB, WR, DT? – Henry on the culture of the Pats: I feel very comfortable at – Rogers in Denver: What needs to be done? Thomas caught 19 passes in two seasons with the Bills, 2017 and ’18, and 16 passes with Lyons in 2019 before his breakthrough season in Washington. He said the help he received in Buffalo from tight ends coach Rob Boras, tight ends Charles Clay, Nick O’Leary and Khari Lee and linebacker Jerry Hughes was invaluable and played a major role in his progress. If Tebow can get the same help, it will speed up his schedule, Thomas said. But he said the most important thing for Tebow is not to rush anything. Just be patient with yourself. Rome was not built in a day, said Thomas. It’s one of those things if it’s a process. Try to take one thing a day and it will make you better because you will take your share of the loss in the beginning. But learn from your losses and don’t let them pile up. Don’t make the same mistake twice. … That’s what I was trying to do.
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