Tebow, a Man of Faith

September 4, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes against his former team in a strong effort to make his new team’s 53-man roster.
Tebow, whose NFL career stalled after playing for the New York Jets in 2012, is competing with Matt Barkley for the Philadelphia Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback job.
“I’m not going to worry about what I can’t control,” Tebow said after the game. “It’s a blessing being able to come out here and play this game that I love. It was a lot of fun out there tonight. It was a blast.”
Asked whether he’d be anxious Friday, knowing the Eagles’ coaching staff would be evaluating him and deciding his fate, Tebow quoted Philippians 4:6.
“I try not to be anxious at all,” Tebow said. “That’s what the Bible says. ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.’ If he said, `Be anxious for nothing,’ I’m going to try to do that.”
The two touchdown passes were the first of the preseason for Tebow, who also has one rushing touchdown.
Barkley finished the preseason with 27 completions on 52 attempts for 351 yards. He had two passes intercepted.
Tebow completed 21 of 36 passes for 286 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and one interceptions, all in Thursday’s 24-18 loss to the Jets.
“I think I’m getting more and more comfortable with the offense, getting into more of a rhythm,” Tebow said. “Especially on first down — getting the first first down, which is big in this offense.”
To get a fairer evaluation, Eagles coach Chip Kelly had the quarterbacks alternate quarters. Barkley played the first and third quarters, and Tebow played the second and fourth quarters. That allowed Tebow to play under similar conditions rather than relegating him to the second half against lesser competition.
“I thought it was the fairest way to do it,” Kelly said, adding that he wouldn’t assess the quarterbacks’ play until he sees the game video. “I thought it was up-and-down with both guys.”
Tebow looked sharpest running the two-minute offense late in the second quarter.



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