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Tebow’s signing with Patriots filled with irony

We thought we had possibly seen the last of Tim Tebow. There’s no doubt some in the New York Jets organization believed the same thing. It turns out the Jets may be seeing him twice a year. That’s because their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots, are expected to sign Tebow and see him at minicamp on Tuesday, according to ESPN sources. The network’s Ed Werder couldn’t release details of Tebow’s contract, but he said the Patriots did bring… Read More »

Jets fumble on Tebow Time

Tebow Time only lasted a New York minute. Tim Tebow arrived at the Jets’ facility on Monday morning and was told he had been cut. As if it would fly under the radar, a three-paragraph news release was sent out at 8:18 a.m. That early exit from Florham Park, N.J., serves as a microcosm for the quarterback’s one-year stint in the Big Apple. The truth is, we learned a lot more about the New York Jets than we did about… Read More »

Tebow time is long overdue for the nose-diving Jets

During his first press conference as a New York Jet, Tim Tebow said the word “excited” 45 times with that signature smile that never seems to leave his face. Until now. Tebow, who only touched the ball once in a 30-9 home loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, was asked yet again about his lack of playing time after the game. “I’m a good competitor and I love playing the game,” he said. “I’m ready and willing whenever they call… Read More »

Demps set to debut against team that coveted him

Updated with how Jeff Demps fared Jeff Demps went through his first NFL practice Wednesday at One Buc Place in preparation for his debut Friday night. That proved to be a timely tease for Tampa Bay, which had pushed to get him in a Buccaneers jersey. Instead, he chose to join the Patriots, who held joint practices with the Bucs prior to their preseason game at 7:30 p.m. However, when it comes to Demps, this game won’t be about the… Read More »

Demps is 6th Gator to join Patriots; how does he fit?

Updated with the Giants cutting Justin Trattou, but reportedly signing Marcus Thomas. Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Jermaine Cunningham, Jabar Gaffney, Gerard Warren and now Jeff Demps. The former Gator running back, who told NFL teams he’d be focusing on a full-time track career before April’s draft, will join those five UF alums in New England after signing with the Patriots on Friday. Demps flew home to Orlando to meet with his representatives and go over the details of the deal… Read More »

Tebow takeover seems inevitable entering camp

It almost reads like the script of an old school mafia movie. One can imagine Jets owner Woody Johnson (the don) with his arm around Mark Sanchez (the promising associate), whispering his assurances in New York. “Sure thing, Mark. You’re our guy. Tim? Fuggedaboutit. We got your back.” Then, as expected, comes the hit. The Jets’ training camp begins this Thursday, and so does the drama between Sanchez and backup quarterback Tim Tebow. All eyes will be on them, especially… Read More »