Tim Tebow Bulking Up at the Jets Request


June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) throws a pass during minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

It will be a bigger version of “Tebowmania” in Gotham.

No, not because it will be crazier, but because Tebow is actually bigger.

This week, Tim Tebow revealed the fact that he is up to 249 pounds, which is 9 pounds heavier than his playing weight last season in Denver. The team has advised Tebow that they want him at 250 pounds for the season.

By the way, fullback John Conner is only 245 pounds.

“I’m trying to be in shape, be strong enough to do anything, but also fast enough to run around a little bit as well,” said Tebow, adding that he’s never been this heavy.

The bulk up does make it clear that the Jets will be using Tebow in the rushing attack, as well as blocking in the punt game. The Jets have made it known that there is no quarterback controversy, that Tebow will perform his quarterbacking duties in Wildcat packages. He also took a couple of red zone snaps with the starters on Wednesday, as the Jets feel he will be an asset in the redzone with his rushing ability.

The Jets were ranked number one in the redzone in 2011, but they did not retain their best weapon, Plaxico Burress. They feel that Tim Tebow will add a new dimension to the offense on a short field.

As far as going in for reps with the starters, Tebow says not to draw much significance from it.

“Coach [Tony] Sparano does it every now and then, kind of throws you in there,” he said, referring to the offensive coordinator. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily a plan; it’s just kind of a feel thing.”

Tim’s primary work has been at the quarterback position, as coach Sparano’s objective has been to make him a better quarterback. His accuracy has been inconsistent so far, but that can happen when playing with the twos. Tebow won’t let this be looked at as a disadvantage

“One way to look at it is, if you do a good job with the group you’re with, you should do even a better job with the ones,” he said.

Tim Tebow is certainly a hard worker, and it seems as if he is accepting his role as a supporting performer to Mark Sanchez. Hopefully it will stay this way, because it won’t be good if he takes over for Mark.