Tebow to Join Jets Punt Team: Report

Jets new Quarterback could become a valuable decoy on Special Teams

By Patrick Hickey Jr.
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 3:03 PM EDT
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One of the reasons the Jets acquired Tim Tebow was for his Swiss army knife-like versatility. A month after his arrival, they've already thought of one interesting way to use him. 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Twitter on Tuesday that Tebow may end up spending some of his time on the punt team, where he would serve as “punt protector.” With Tebow on the field during punts, opposing teams would have to think twice about possible fakes, which could hurt their chances at netting big returns.
 
Last season, opposing defenses averaged just 7.5 per return against the team, good for ninth in the league. They also led the league with 31 induced fair catches. Jets punter T.J. Conley's 42.7 punt average was in the lower part of the league however and Tebow’s presence could give him a few more seconds to send off a booming kick.
 
At 6’3” and 236 pounds, Tebow could also easily play a part in the coverage game once punts are in play as well.

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