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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Tebow: Perfect as a passer

By Rich Cimini

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After four weeks of anticipation, Tim Tebow finally got a chance to throw a pass. And it was a 9-yard completion to tight end Dedrick Epps, who promptly fumbled it to the 49ers after getting drilled by Dashon Goldson.

So if you're scoring at home, Tebow is 1-for-1 with a 104.2 passer rating.

Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow delivers his one and only pass.
Actually, it was a great call by Tony Sparano. On a third-and-1 from the Jets' 39, Tebow threw one of his patented jump passes (see: Florida Gators) to a wide-open Epps. Tebow didn't get much lift, so maybe it wasn't a jump, per se. But it was the thought that counted.

"You don't have to jump, but, yeah, it's kind of a pop pass," Tebow said after the Jets' humiliating 34-0 loss at MetLife Stadium. "It's something we've worked on for a little while. I felt we had a good look and execution. It's just unfortunate what happened next."

Tebow's role on offense continues to evolve. This week, he got seven snaps -- three at running back (with Mark Sanchez at quarterback) and four at quarterback. At running back, Tebow showed some blocking ability, taking down OLB Aldon Smith with a nifty cut block.

Interestingly, Sanchez went 3-for-3 with Tebow at running back -- and 10-for-26 on all other pass plays. Maybe they should use Tebow more often in that role.

As a runner, Tebow had two carries for zero yards. All told, the Jets gained 36 yards on seven plays with Tebow on the field -- about two yards per play better than the average over the first three games.

"You try to get as much into the game as you can ... on the sidelines," Tebow said of his limited role. "You try to be as into it as you can. Obviously, it's not as easy as if you're out there, but I feel like having (had) to do this role before, you try to stay into it as much as you can."