Thinking ahead to Tebow Time

Without question, Tim Tebow has been the main storyline among rookies since the 2010 NFL Draft. We know that much.

So on an otherwise slower news day (which regrettably is the kiss of death when you work in a newsroom), and with the Broncos opening full training camp on July 31, it’s worth bringing back the conversation of how the Broncos will use Tebow this season.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has pointed out during the offseason that starter Kyle Orton is well ahead of Tebow and fellow backup Brady Quinn. It feels like a decent bet the Broncos didn’t trade up for Tebow to have him sit, and in that vein most football minds around NFL Network expect to see Tebow in short-yardage and goal line packages this season, as well as instances where the Wildcat (aka, spread formation) is called for.

“I think there’s going to be a package. I think he’s going to be a dual threat, a little bit like we saw in college, with the ball in his hands in short-yardage type situations. ” NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said recently. “I think you’ll see some Wildcat, I think you’ll see some pass-run options from him in a limited package to get him on the field and get his toe in the water in the NFL.”

The idea is to find situations to get the ball in Tebow’s hands. McDaniels has proven to be both confident and convicted as an NFL head coach, qualities which lend themselves to the idea Tebow will see the field in some fashion as a rookie. McDaniels also has the connection, via mentor Bill Belichick, to Florida coach Urban Meyer, who certainly knows a thing or two about taking advantage of Tebow’s strengths.

Knowing how the Broncos might use Tebow, how much Tebow Time will there be? According to Dave Krieger of The Denver Post, more than you’d expect. In his breakdown of how the Broncos might use Tebow, Krieger says his guess is the Broncos will “lead the league in what other teams call Wildcat plays.”

Don’t bet on McDaniels tipping us off about Tebow Time (and is “Wild Horse” a better description?) until we see it in Week 1.

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