AFC East: Tyler Wilson

Tim Tebow worked with Chris Weinke

March, 27, 2013
Former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke runs a popular quarterback school -- IMG Academy -- in Bradenton, Fla. During an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday, Weinke revealed New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow recently stopped by to work on his shaky mechanics.

"I was just working with Tim Tebow a couple of weeks ago for the first time," Weinke said. "I was quite impressed with his ability to make adjustments. I know he's worked with a lot of different quarterback coaches. I had him for two days and I was impressed with his approach."

During his two days with Tebow, Weinke said the Jets quarterback learned to get the ball out quicker and how to adjust his ball speed. Tebow is often criticized for only throwing fastballs that can be inaccurate and/or difficult to catch from short distances.

Tebow's NFL future remains up in the air. He is under contract with New York, and the Jets are trying to trade the popular backup quarterback. However, the trade market for Tebow appears to be non-existent.

If Tebow is released, which is expected, teams must consider if they can work with his limitations.

"Again, he has to go to the right place," Weinke explained. "Coaches have to put him in position to be successful. I know he’s ultra-competitive. I know that guy wants to win and he knows how to win. The future is uncertain on what he’s going to do, but I believe he's a guy who can get it done."

Weinke also worked with several quarterbacks from this year's class at IMG. That list includes West Virginia's Geno Smith, Florida State's EJ Manuel, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and USC's Matt Barkley, who has his much-anticipated pro day on Wednesday.

Weinke knows the 2013 quarterback class is often criticized, but he believes there are talented players in this year's group.

"Where are all these guys going to land? I don't know," Weinke said. "The 32 teams have to make that decision. But I know this: There are some guys who are very well-prepared, ready to step in on Sundays and are quarterbacks who I think will have great success."
The 2013 Senior Bowl had to be a major disappointment for quarterback-needy teams like the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Top prospects like Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon and Landry Jones all underperformed against quality competition in the college all-star game.

There are many more questions than answers in this year's quarterback class. There are no slam dunks like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.


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But that won’t stop teams like the Bills, Jets and others from taking a quarterback. Someone will go in the first round.

Will it be West Virginia’s Geno Smith? He did not participate in the Senior Bowl in order to protect his draft stock. But Smith didn’t finish last season as strong as he started, and Smith flopped in West Virginia’s bowl game against Syracuse. Is Smith still the best of the quarterback class?

What about USC’s Matt Barkley? He had some big games in college. But Barkley, who suffered a shoulder injury late last season, has to prove to NFL scouts that he’s healthy enough to be the top quarterback taken off the board.

Glennon of North Carolina State also is a consideration. He has the height and big-time arm to enamor NFL scouts. However, Glennon’s lack of mobility is a big concern.

Finally, we have Tyler Wilson of Arkansas and Nassib of Syracuse. Both players struggled in the Senior Bowl but had solid seasons.

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Morning take: Should Revis want out?

January, 25, 2013
Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC East:
  • After the Jets didn't deny reports of putting Darrelle Revis on the trading block this week, should the star corner want out of New York?
Morning take: Revis is a stud on a team that's not close to a championship. The Jets probably won't pay him in 2014, either. So a separation might be best for both parties.
Morning take: At 35, Brady certainly is no longer in his prime. But he is still an elite quarterback and that's enough to keep New England in title contention next season.
Morning take: Miami had two hits in last year's draft with defensive end Olivier Vernon and running back Lamar Miller from the University of Miami. The Florida colleges are always filled with talent, and the Dolphins should be on top of their home turf.
Morning take: The Bills will be looking at any and all quarterback prospects. Wilson has holes in his game, but so do other quarterbacks. He is getting early comparisons to Washington Redskins backup Kirk Cousins.