It has been a long while since Mark Brunell was one of the more elusive quarterbacks in the game, but that isn’t stopping the New York Jets from using the 41-year-old to play Tim Tebow’s role in practice this week, NFL.com reports.
Brunell is helping the 5-4 Jets prep for their game against the 4-5 Denver Broncos tomorrow night by imitating a player 17-years younger than him. While the former Florida standout Tebow has struggled at times passing at the NFL level, he has been very effective on the ground, gaining 320 rushing yards in just seven games. The Broncos have tailored their offensive game to fit Tebow’s skill set, and as a result have won three of their last four contests. Brunell has a total of 2,421 rushing yards in his career, including 15 rushing touchdowns. While his best season on the ground came in 1995 when he ran for 480 yards, he hasn’t ran for more than 100 yards in a season since 2005 for the Washington Redskins.