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Both Josh Freeman, Tim Tebow fight uphill battles to play in the NFL

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The second-chance kids are off to slow starts. Not that either of them are close to starting.

Former Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman struggled in his preseason game for the Miami Dolphins Thursday night, hitting only five of 16 passes for 76 yards with no touchdowns. Freeman, cut and then brought back by Miami earlier this off-season, is fighting for the No. 3 quarterback job on the team with McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

If Freeman looks like a longshot to make the roster, you could say the same for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow, also a former No. 1 draft pick. Like Freeman has cycled through Minnesota and the Giants since leaving Tampa Bay, Tebow has gone through the Jets and Patriots.

Tebow is listed as the No. 4 quarterback on the Eagles’ roster behind Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford and Matt Barkley.

At this point, both Tebow and Freeman might be long shots to make their rosters.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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