As every man and his dog will have heard by now, Tim Tebow has signed a two-year contract with the New England Patriots. Signing Tebow was always a matter of when not if as it is a typical Belichick signing in every sense. Tebow has a relentless will to win, a great football mind and limitless potential that can be exploited for minimal risk. The Patriots looked to be the only team with interest in Tebow as he has been stagnating on the market for a while now, which given his pedigree and play for the Broncos is something of a surprise. If anybody is going to get the best out of Tim Tebow, it's going to be Bill Belichick and the most innovative offensive coordinator in the NFL, Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels was the man that drafted Tebow in the first round for Denver just a few years ago, even though it feels like decades. After being misused horribly in by the Jets, New England is the perfect environment for the rebirth of Tebow and with that Tebowmania. Belichick, the evil genius that he is, will keep the media circus out of town and the distractions to a minimum, never letting the enigma of Tebow grab more highlights than the team. Tebow could be used in a multitude of roles for the Patriots as Belichick and McDaniels will look to exploit Tebow's unique size and speed.
Initial signs point to Tebow being used solely as a quarterback. At this point, he will surely end up as the third choice quarterback (if indeed he makes the final roster), and won't even man the scout team as New England do not face a single left-handed quarterback in the upcoming season. With the move to acquire Tebow, Belichick and co are most likely looking even further into the future as Ryan Mallett is likely gone after the season giving Tebow a clear path to be Brady's backup. With that situation, it would be ludicrous for the Patriots not to try and use Tebow in other areas.
The Jets used Tebow as the protector on special teams last year and he could easily take on the same role for the Patriots this season, but he will most likely be used as a back or even a tight end. Tebow has special speed and power for a guy his size and his agility, as seen in his numerous touchdown runs both in the pros and college emphasise the fact he is a freaky specimen. If he can learn the system, there is certainly the potential for Tebow to be used in trick plays and in goal line situations, and watching Tebow stretch defenses with his legs is always a delight.
Whilst raw, Tebow has a lot of potential, especially under the guidance of Belichick and McDaniels and the prospect of seeing him unleashed is exciting, though it is still very unknown as to how much he will feature. Tebow has the skills to contribute effectively to the Patriots, both on and off the field as he is a lockeroom leader and immensely popular amongst his team-mates. If Tebow fails to offer the Patriots anything then it sure as hell won't be because of a lack of opportunity as Belichick will give him every chance to prove his worth.