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Friday, July 8, 2011
John Fox wants his QB to be a 'gamer'

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

John Fox might have dropped a hint about who his starting quarterback will be.

Fox told the Denver Post that “deep down” he has an idea who is starter will be. He wouldn’t go further. He is publicly saying Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn all have a chance to start.

However, here’s when Fox might have dripped the hint: "I prefer a gamer to a good practice player . . . I want someone who will execute under pressure in a game."

Tebow is renowned for being an unimpressive practice player who revs it up at game time. The general consensus is that Tebow is such a playmaker and is so instinctive, he doesn’t truly execute well until the play develops. Thus, in the controlled aspect of practice, Tebow is often locked down.

Who knows where Fox is leaning. I’ve long thought that Tebow should and will get the chance to prove whether he can handle the full-time job this season. I still feel that way.

In other AFC West nuggets Friday afternoon:

In his Pressure Point feature this week, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. looks at San Diego 2009 first-round draft pick Larry English. The linebacker has been a disappointment in his first two NFL seasons.

Williamson thinks English is entering a make-or-break season in San Diego. I can’t disagree. The Chargers will give English a chance to develop this year, but I expect them to lose patience with him if English has another lackluster season.

ESPN.com’s Jeffri Chadida has a look at the challenges facing former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor as he enters the supplemental draft. Pryor has been widely connected to the Raiders.

Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour gets some love from a former teammate.