Should Bills take flier on Tim Tebow?

August, 31, 2013
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Earlier Saturday, we mentioned quarterback as one position where the Buffalo Bills might look for help on the waiver wire this weekend.

Now, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the New England Patriots have waived quarterback Tim Tebow.

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That raises the question: Should the Bills take a flier on Tebow?

The Bills have the eighth-highest waiver priority, and it's unlikely the 30 other NFL teams -- almost all of which have more settled quarterback situations than Buffalo does -- would claim Tebow. So, if they wanted to, the Bills could easily bring the 2010 first-round draft pick to Orchard Park.

For Buffalo, the main question the team would ask is whether Tebow is an upgrade over Thad Lewis, who was acquired in a trade Sunday and could start the season as the Bills' third quarterback. Here's a side-by-side look at Lewis' and Tebow's stats this preseason:

THAD LEWIS
Aug. 9 vs. New York Jets: 3 rushing attempts for 6 yards (includes two kneel-downs).
Aug. 15 at Cleveland: 4-for-6 passing, 38 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions, 1 sack
Aug. 22 vs. New England: 2-for-2 passing, 22 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions, no sacks; 2 rushing attempts for 7 yards.
Aug. 29 vs. Detroit: 7-for-16 passing, 132 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions, 1 sack; 7 rushing attempts for 51 yards.

TIM TEBOW
Aug. 9 at Philadelphia: 4-for-12 passing, 55 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions, 3 sacks; 4 rushing attempts for 31 yards.
Aug. 16 vs. Tampa Bay: 1-for-7 passing, -1 yards, no touchdowns, 1 interception, no sacks; 6 rushing attempts for 30 yards.
Aug. 22 at Detroit: Did not play.
Aug. 29 vs. New York Giants: 6-for-11 passing, 91 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 4 sacks; 6 rushing attempts for 30 yards.

The Bills have until noon Sunday to place a waiver claim on Tebow.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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