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Tim Tebow still popular, inaccurate with Eagles

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He remains wildly popular.

He remains largely inaccurate.

He remains a polarizing subject.

In other words, not much seems to have changed with former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who is in the middle of perhaps his last chance with the Philadelphia Eagles. This week, Tebow finally had a workout in front of the media, and once again, his passes were not as sharp as his legs are promising.

Tebow is battling Matt Barkley for the team’s No. 3 spot on the quarterback depth chart behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Others have talked about the possible impact of Tebow on special teams, particularly on two-point conversions, but head coach Chip Kelly shrugged that off. “He’s a quarterback,” Kelly said.

A reporter for philly.com was much more negative about Tebow’s showing.

“There have been reports that Tebow’s throwing motion and release had improved after his work with Tom House, but there doesn’t appear to be much difference than how he looked two years ago,’’ the reporter wrote.

“I haven’t watched Tebow up close for his entire career, but it still takes a long time for him to cock, load and throw,’’ he wrote. “There’s an unusual dip in his windup. Tebow has never been a good practice quarterback and he’s obviously still learning a completely new offense, so there shouldn’t be much stock taken in how he throws in one non-contact drill in May. But the guess here is that it will be difficult for Tebow to beat out Barkley for the third spot, even if you include his intangibles. He struggled to throw the ball downfield. He was working with a bunch of young receivers, but he often held the ball too long or would check down with a short pass. At one point late in the practice, he had a throw tipped at the line that fell into the arms of 6-foot-9 rookie defensive end Brian Mihalik.’’

“I think he’s improved,” Kelly said. “He spent a lot of time the last two years in terms of working on his game. We wanted to have a fourth quarterback here. You’re not going to go through with only three.”

Tebow said he appreciates having another shot.

“I think sometimes when things are taken away, then you don’t realize how much fun it is to come out here and play this game,” he said. “You can’t play it forever, so I am going to enjoy it.”

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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