Blog: Browns, Patriots look at Barkevious, Tebow

4:33 PM, Aug 14, 2013   |    comments
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Soon Tim Tebow will learn that Karma can be as strong as other  forces in the celestial world.

It's still the preseason so many players on all the teams are trying to prove themselves to make the roster. For some, it will be easier than others. For some, they will need to make changes.

Take the Cleveland Browns' Barkevious Mingo.

From the start, when the Cleveland Browns selected the former LSU defensive end in the 2013 NFL draft, they saw his place on the Browns at outside linebacker.

So far, Mingo is doing well. We'll see how he does in Thursday's pre-season game against the Detroit Lions here in Cleveland. 

But the same cannot be said of former Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who is trying to make the New England Patriots' roster.

His debut last week against Philadelphia was less than stellar.

The third-string quarterback took over late in the second quarter and finished the game completing four of 12 passes for 55 yards.

Hmmm. Not all that good.

Passing accuracy is one aspect of his game that needs work and making better decisions with the ball another. Used to needing lots of protection in the pocket, he was sacked three times for minus-23 yards.

To be fair, he is still trying to learn a very complicated Patriots offense. Still, Tom Brady is one heck of a quarterback.

And we won't be getting any clues from Patriots Coach Bill Belichick either.

At a Tuesday news conference, he quickly dismissed a question about Tebow's potential to make the final roster. "That's not anything that we're ready to talk about right now," Belichick said.

The Patriots host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday so we will see how this plays out.

Tebow continues to wax loquacious any time the media asks him a question. He should really be quiet and concentrate on his form.

He's the yin to Belichick's yang -- Tebow talks incessantly and Belichick barely speaks.

I'm willing to bet Belichick will give him enough rope -- then give him some kind of roster spot. Nothing flashy though.


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