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Eagles’ Tim Tebow gets off to good start in preseason victory

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For a night, Tim Tebow was back in the pocket.

Who knows? Perhaps it will last longer.

Tebow had a good night in the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason game Sunday night, completing six of 12 passes for 69 yards. He also ran four times for 15 yards and a touchdown. Whether that is enough to move Tebow up from fourth on the depth chart remains to be seen, but it was a good start.

Tebow, 28, hit five of his first six passes for 61 yards before finishing a bit flat. Still, it impressed Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly.

“I liked how Timmy threw it,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said after the game. “I know that’s the big concern with everybody coming in, (wondering) has he really changed? And I think his sequencing is better, and he’s got his feet underneath him. When the guys ran the right routes and he had an opportunity to throw the football, I thought he threw the ball really well.”

Tebow, who entered to a standing ovation, seemed to enjoy it as well.

“It was fun,” Tebow said after the Eagles’ win. “Playing ball. I loved it. You want to be focused on footwork, reads, communication with everybody but also enjoy the moment. You won’t always have it.”

“I think there were some things that maybe we did decent, and there are some things we’ve got to work on. We’ve got to be more consistent and improve communication with the offensive line and the receivers. It’s never as good as it seems, and it’s never as bad as it seems. It’s just one more day to try to improve, and I’ll try to get a little bit better tomorrow.”

Kelly cautioned one more time that Tebow is a quarterback.

“Tim is not a gadget guy,” Kelly said. “I think Tim is a quarterback, and I think he’s proven that so far when he’s been out here. … I think when Tim gets in there, you’ll see him run the ball a little bit.”

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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