Tebow joins teammates for informal workout
Tim Tebow was focused more on camaraderie than competition when
he joined a dozen Denver Broncos teammates for an informal
offseason workout Thursday.
The second-year player tossed some tight spirals to receiver
Britt Davis, flew through a series of wind sprints and did some
light stretching, enjoying being back in the company of his
colleagues after weeks of training on his own in Florida.
”I had a good workout and enjoyed it,” he said.
Fellow quarterback Kyle Orton wasn’t among the Broncos who
showed up at the South Suburban Sports Dome for the sessions
organized by safety Brian Dawkins. The Broncos list Orton atop the
depth chart but maintain the position is up for grabs whenever the
NFL labor situation is resolved.
Tebow was hardly concerned about the looming quarterback
competition, simply saying the situation will sort itself out in
”You hope he does good, because the better he does, hopefully
the better I’ll do, and vice versa,” Tebow said. ”I’ve always
relished the opportunity to compete my whole life. I think it will
make me better.”
Tebow, who was in New York last week for an event in his role as
a Jockey spokesman, has taken some heat for working out on his own
during the NFL lockout instead of in the Mile High City. That’s
something he quickly dismissed.
”That doesn’t bother me if I’m not in front of the cameras
working out,” he said. ”I honestly would rather not be.”
Instead, Tebow has been incorporating boxing, sprinting and
swimming into his daily routine, along with working on his throwing
Always more comfortable working out of the shotgun formation
during his stellar college career at Florida, Tebow took steps to
become more proficient in dropping back from under center.
”I haven’t taken a rep out of shotgun,” this offseason, Tebow
Tebow has been quickly absorbing new coach John Fox’s playbook
as the formations remain basically the same with only different
reads and wrinkles. The fact that offensive coordinator Mike McCoy
is a holdover from fired coach Josh McDaniels’ staff is a plus for
Tebow, who started the final three games last season.
”We’ve got a great relationship. I’m excited about working with
him,” Tebow said.
Although Tebow has put in plenty work on the field, his film
study has fallen behind. He’s studied the game tapes he copied
before the labor strife began. But without access to more footage,
he’s had to improvise.
”That’s the one thing that’s disappointing,” Tebow said. ”I
try to make up for that by going through the playbook more. Just
not looking at it, going out there and walking through things and
really trying to visualize how you’re going to attack different
defenses with those certain plays.”
It didn’t take long for Tebow to get in tune with Davis on
Thursday, the two carrying over their rapport from last season.
Davis flew in from Chicago in the morning and was feeling the
altitude in his first visit to the informal offseason workouts in
He also was feeling the rhythm with Tebow.
”I don’t think we missed a beat today,” Davis said. ”He was
on-target. That’s what I just Tweeted.”
Tebow arrived in town Monday with the intention of working out
with teammates and promoting his new book, ”Through My Eyes,” a
memoir of his life.
”So many different people have tried to tell my story in
different ways, like, ‘Oh, this is what happened’ and ‘This is why
he’s like this.’ It’s kind of fun to be able to tell it how it
really happened, and through my eyes – that’s why I named it
that,” he said.
Since he’s been back in town, Tebow admitted he hasn’t spoken to
Orton. As for exactly why, well, Tebow didn’t have an answer.
”I don’t know,” he said. ”I know he’s been out here throwing
At some point, the two will find themselves on the football
field vying for the starting job along with Brady Quinn. Tebow said
he can’t wait.
”That’s what it’s all about,” Tebow said. ”I think I’m the
type of player that when something is on the line, I always play
AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this
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