NFL Rumors: Tim Tebow to Play Running Back in Week 7?
Another Rex Ryan press conference, another story on Tim Tebow’s ever changing role on the New York Jets.
A day after we speculated that Tebow might see snaps behind QB Mark Sanchez, the Associated Press quoted Ryan on the idea of Tebow as a RB.
“That’s a possibility,” coach Rex Ryan said Thursday, according to the AP. “The thing about Tim – with him being a football player like we’ve always talked about – by playing quarterback, he knows all the positions. So, can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end or whatever?
“I think the answer is yes.”
We urged football and fantasy fans to think about Tebow at a utility player rather than a backup QB. Based on the jack-of-all-trades application of #15 (except, largely, as a QB), we project Tebow to see quite a few snaps in the backfield, as Shonn Greene is the only healthy viable running back for the Jets at this time. He may decoy and block more than he runs the ball, but do you doubt that the Jets have at least a few plays designed for Tebow at RB?
Factor in, also, that Ryan’s plans for Tebow may have been largely hidden in the first six weeks to make the New England Patriots unable to fully game plan for him. If the Jets had any ideas of advancing deep in the playoffs – even before their numerous injuries – those plans had to revolve around beating the Pats at least once, and probably twice.
If you’re a gambling type, grab Tebow now in case his role dramatically increases; if you’re desperate, play him this week, though you’ll wish you could play him at flex.
We predict this time next week, there will be first-time-ever discussions about position flexibility in fantasy football (like we do for utility men in fantasy baseball).