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Friday, August 2, 2013
Brady enjoying Tebow's presence

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Friday that it's been a positive experience having Tim Tebow on the team.

"I've really enjoyed it. He is a great guy. He is fun to be around," Brady said. "He's had a lot of experience and a lot of productivity. We have good conversation. He loves playing football and that's usually the type of guys who do well here."

Tebow, who projects as the No. 3 quarterback behind Brady and top backup Ryan Mallett, seems to be growing more comfortable in recent practices. The plays he runs generally look different from what Brady and Mallett execute; less drop-back passing and more running.

Seven practices into training camp, Tebow, who has also lined up as the personal protector on the punt team, was asked for a status report on how he feels things are progressing.

"I'm feeling good, working hard," he relayed. "I'm just trying to get better every single day. That's our goal. ... Just learning the offense, you feel more comfortable every single day. There is some carry-over from Denver, but then it's picking up again and running with it and trying to understand it and play fast."

Along those lines, Tebow added that he's benefitted from having assistant coach Brian Daboll working with him directly in practice at times. Daboll, the former offensive coordinator for the Browns, Dolphins and Chiefs, has the official title of “coaching assistant” with the Patriots.

"He's been great. He's a very bright football mind, offensive mind. He's been around the game a lot, been a lot of places, and really understands it well," Tebow said. "When [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] is busy doing so many things, sometimes Coach Daboll can step in there and really help as well."

Seemingly after every practice, Tebow has stayed late, in part to sign autographs.

"It means a lot to be able to make someone smile or make someone's day," he said. "To be able to encourage someone by signing an autograph, it's a very little thing that can go a long way. I know, because when I was a young boy and I got Danny Wuerffel's autograph, or Emmitt Smith's autograph, what it meant to me. You want to be a good role model, someone that a young boy or young girl can look up to."