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

time.

”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

mechanics.

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

said, grinning.

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

Denver.

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

some.”

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

better.”

AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this

story.

Pat Graham can be reached at http://twitter.com/pgraham34