By Mary Cunningham
The Eagles have finally come forth with a rationalization for signing washout NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.
”Obviously, we were intrigued with what we saw there.”
That’s what Eagles personnel chief Ed Marynowitz said Thursday in a 40-minute briefing with the press, his first since supplanting Howie Boy Rosean at the end of January.
”We saw a player who improved from the last time we saw him live, which was when he was here with New England. We had some conversations and some discussions, and we felt that it was an opportunity to bring in someone who could compete for a spot.
”Look, we’ve got 68 players who are on our football team right now. And Tim’s one of them. He’ll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot. And his role will be determined by his performance and it’s as simple as that.”
Tebow was 9-7 as a starter for Denver in 2010-11, including playoffs. He threw just eight passes for the New York Jets in 2012 and also lined up as a punt protector.
Marynowitz said Tebow is here to play quarterback, not another position. Still, the innovative Kelly could try various ways to get Tebow involved in the offense. Sam Bradford, acquired in a trade from St. Louis, is penciled in as the starting QB. Mark Sanchez is the backup. Tebow is competing with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 job. G.J. Kinne also is on the roster.
Tebow has worked with former Texas Rangers pitching coach Tom House on his mechanics. The Eagles were impressed with his improvement during a private workout in March. Tebow’s career completion percentage is 47.9.