Jaguars’ Tim Tebow is in ‘uncharted waters’

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Urban Meyer wouldn’t put a percentage on Tim Tebow’s chances of making the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end, but the team’s new coach said this week that the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback – and Mets minor-league outfielder – is doing well in organized team activities.

“What’s the percentage of making the team? We don’t know. This is uncharted waters,” Meyer said Thursday about Tebow during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show. “This is going to be very difficult, but he’s been doing great. He’s been doing great in practice. He’s learning the offense.

“As you can imagine, he’s working as hard as anybody. I see a good camaraderie amongst the team with him, and it’s been good so far.”

Meyer, Tebow’s college coach at Florida before spending seven seasons at Ohio State through 2018, was hired as Doug Marrone’s replacement in January.

The 33-year-old Tebow played three years of baseball as an outfielder in the Mets’ minor-league system from 2017-2019 before last season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The former quarterback hasn’t played in the NFL since he lasted just three years in the league from 2010-2012 — two for the Denver Broncos and one as a backup with the Jets.

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“First of all, Tim’s one of 90 [players in camp],” Meyer said. “And the thing that I settled in with now, we have 90 and when you kick the ball off you have 48, I believe it is. Forty-six.

“This to me is a tryout for a lot of guys, and he falls into that category. To answer your question, he’s working his tail off.”

The 56-year-old Meyer reiterated that his former star signal-caller approached him with the idea of trying out as a tight end. Tebow officially was signed in May after working out multiple times for various team officials.

“Our GM [Trent Baalke] was there, our tight ends coach, and our offensive coordinator were there. And they put him through a workout,” Meyer told Eisen. “They came back to me and said, ‘My gosh, this guy’s in incredible shape. He’s a big athlete. Our tight end room has been struggling.’

“They gave him some things to work on, and then they brought him back….They came to me and said, ‘I think we should give him a shot.’”

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