The Denver Broncos shocked the football world when they traded up in the 2010 NFL Draft to select Florida quarterback Tim Tebow with the 25th overall pick. Despite the many question marks that surrounded Tebow leading up to the draft, including his throwing mechanics and inability to make progressive reads, Denver head coach Josh McDaniels had plenty of hope in him, picking him well before most experts expected him to be taken. Despite this surprise, collectively, hopes still weren’t very high that Tebow would be making an impact for the Broncos any time soon. To make matters even worse for Tebow, he got drafted to a team that had two proven quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart. When he was drafted, Tebow’s chances of playing any time in the near future weren’t too bright.
Now, as training camp is well under way and the Broncos first pre-season games is just about upon them, Tebow is proving that he may just be the sparkplug that the Broncos need to bridge the gap between a team that falls just short of the playoffs and a team that bulldozes their way into the playoffs.
Since entering training camp, all eyes have been glued to Tebow down in Denver as the Broncos attempt to regain the early 2009 energy that got them off to a 6-0 start last season. Even with all the uncertainty, people were still excited about seeing Tebow in the NFL spotlight, making his number 15 Broncos jersey the number one selling NFL jersey in the first month after the 2010 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com. Despite being behind starting quarterback Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn, who was acquired through a trade with the Cleveland Browns, Tebow has shown a real knack for making plays on the practice field.
In the past couple of Bronco practices, Tebow has been seeing more and more reps from a traditional quarterback position, slinging the ball down the field to his receivers while showing poise in the pocket. This past Saturday, while seeing a significant amount of snaps, Tebow displayed his improved passing motion to a Mile High crowd of over 20,000, throwing a touchdown to fellow first-round pick, rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and then using his feet to find the endzone himself.
Tebow continues to prove to McDaniels and the rest of the Broncos organization and fans that he has what it takes to be a top-notch quarterback at the NFL level. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tebow tearing it up in the pre-season in hopes of giving his head coach something to think about when it comes time to decide who will be leading the Broncos’ offense onto the field when September rolls around.
With Tebow on his tail, Orton will need to be playing with tenacity and extreme composure. One slip up and McDaniels may just feel like giving all the Tebowmaniacs out in NFL land a reason to cheer.