Big Question: Tebow's game-day role

June, 8, 2010
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What are the Denver Broncos going to do with their quarterbacks on game days?

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AP Photo/David ZalubowskiExpect to see Tim Tebow in uniform on Sundays this fall.
The Broncos have an interesting situation on their hands.

They have too many quarterbacks. The quarterback of the future -- first-round pick Tim Tebow -- is on the fast track. He is not going to be brought along slowly. Thus, the Broncos want him in uniform on game days. Don’t expect to see Tebow as an inactive emergency quarterback even if he remains the No. 3 quarterback all season.

The Broncos, at the very least, probably will get Tebow involved in a few plays every game before he takes over as the full-time starter. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said the team probably will design some packages for Tebow on a game-to-game basis. He probably will get some action in the Wildcat formation and perhaps in some red-zone packages to utilize his mobility and strength as a ball carrier.

However, for Tebow to get an opportunity to play in these special situations, he’ll need to be active. That means Denver probably will have to activate Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn (who probably will be Orton’s backup now and Tebow’s backup in the future) and Tebow. Usually, teams have only two quarterbacks active on the 45-man game-day roster.

Philadelphia activated three quarterbacks last season when it had Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. Like Tebow will be early in his career, Vick was activated for several packages.

In the end, this shouldn’t hurt the Broncos on game day. The activation of a third quarterback simply means an extra special-teams player or a deep backup will be inactive. Denver will surely make that trade for the chance to get Tebow on the field.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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