Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly says he believes quarterback Tim Tebow has improved his mechanics, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The Eagles signed Tim Tebow to a one-year contract in April.
The 27-year-old was out of the NFL last season and has not played in a regular-season game since 2012 with the New York Jets, when he was used primarily as a Wildcat quarterback. He later signed with the New England Patriots in 2013 but was cut during training camp.
From the Delaware County Daily Times:
“I have seen an improvement from Tim since the day we got him in terms of his knowledge of what we’re doing, understanding where everybody is,” Kelly said. “There’s a whole process, and for him what we have done is different than what he’s done anywhere else. So in terms of learning our terminology and how we do things, I think each week you’ve seen an incremental bump in him, so we’re excited to see where that takes him and it’ll be a good competition as we get into August.”
Tebow started 14 regular-season games in two seasons with the Denver Broncos after he was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. He was 7–4 in 2011 before helping the Broncos to a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime. He completed 10 of 21 passes in that game and nine of 26 passes in Denver's loss to the Patriots in the next round.
The Eagles currently have five quarterbacks under contract. In addition to Tebow and 2014 practice squad member G.J. Kinne, the Eagles have Sam Bradford, Matt Barkley and Tebow's former Jets teammate Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez and Bradford are expected to compete for the starting job.
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