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Jets thinking about using Tim Tebow on kickoffs 53

Will the New York Jets use back up quarterback Tim Tebow on kick returns? (Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

We already know that the team intends to use Tebow as the personal protector on the punt team and in a package of offensive plays designed to take advantage of his running ability. He might also be the team’s quarterback in the red zone, which could mean that he leads the team to scores before covering the ensuing kickoff.

Jets assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica, who told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the team is considering using Tebow on their kickoff coverage team. Kotwica said that he’s not concerned about Tebow’s speed getting down the field or about his ability to make a tackle when he gets down there.

“When he’s in coverage, he’ll be looking to tackle the returner,” Kotwica said. “And from what I’ve seen, I’ve got a pretty high degree of confidence that he would be able to do that.”

Keeping Tebow healthy should be the number one priority for the New York Jets, in case they need him to step into the starting role. One would think that the Jets would be able to use another player on kickoffs, instead of their back up quarterback. It also seems as though the Jets are struggling to decide where and when they will use Tebow. I am sure his role will evolve throughout the season.


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