Yes, you read that right. New York Jets backup quarterback/punt protector Tim Tebow is going to make opponents wary of the fake punts. Head coach Rex Ryan appeared on the Tim Brando Show today to discuss Tebow’s role with the Jets heading into the season. Apparently, Ryan wants the opposition to think twice before rushing the punter.
“Are there guys that are more accurate than him as a quarterback? Yeah, absolutely,” Ryan said. “But when you look at him, he’s had a lot of success as a quarterback. But this guy’s a football player. Even what he can add to our punt team, even as a personal protector — you really want to rush the punter? Because we may fake it. You’re going to have to have your antenna up and things like that.”
It doesn’t just end there. Ryan really seems infatuated with the idea of Tebow being the man on the punt team.
“I know people look at it like ‘hey, we can rush the punter and get a free shot on Tebow,'” added Ryan. “The thing is he’s going to give it out as much as he takes it I can promise you. He’s 255 pounds, he’s a rocked-up young man, he’s competitive and he’s going to add a lot to our football team.
“The guy’s a winner, he’s a competitor and all he wants to do is contribute and that’s what he’s going to do to this football team.”
So there you have it. Tebow should be the most feared personal punt protector in the entire league. Sure, in reality, Tebow will likely see time under center if Mark Sanchez struggles, but until then it seems like there is a a big role waiting for him on the punt team.