Denver’s Tim Tebow Hits The Practice Field/Inks 5-Year Deal

July 31, 2010 – By Scott

The wait is officially over in Denver. Not that anyone thought that something would keep the Broncos’ 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft off the field for long. Tim Tebow hit the practice field with other rookies on Friday in advance of the start of the Bronco’s training camp.

Tebow has now signed two contracts this week, the most important a five-year deal to play for Denver. The other is one that will probably have him at the butt of many locker room jokes as he has become a pitchman for Jockey underwear.

“A few people have said a few things to me about it,” Tebow said with a hearty chuckle. “Actually, Coach McDaniels was the first one to say something to me. But, you know, I’m sure I’ll get some [more] of it, but it’s all in good fun.”

Tebow is the Broncos only first-round pick to have inked a deal. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is still unsigned. The two-time national champion and former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida is finally glad everything has been finalized so he could get on the field with his teammates. Tebow went through a one hour workout at Dove Valley and said it felt good to work up a sweat again. But what he is really waiting for was contact.

For now, Tebow will wear the red no-contact jersey along with starter Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. With camp starting Sunday, Tebow will get a sample of NFL contact as the coaches are wanting to see if he can run the ball like he did in college. However, that contact will not come until preseason.

If Tebow can handle the load, it could be a great improvement for their offense. Allowing him to work out of the “wildcat” offense would be a great compliment to running back Knowshon Moreno who led the Broncos with 947 yards and 7 touchdowns during the 2009 NFL season. Head coach Josh McDaniels has never used a quarterback rotation but is open to the scheme if Tebow can handle it.

“Certainly, people have speculated about how we may or may not use him in those roles, but since we haven’t really done any of it in pads, I haven’t had the opportunity to evaluate what that may do for our team,” McDaniels said. “… There’s going to be some things that he can obviously do that the other two can’t in that regard. How much we do or don’t do will depend on how productive we are at it.”

The Broncos are just hoping their No.1 pick will add some spark to a team that finished 8-8 last season. If not immediately, then sometime in the near future. NFL sportsbooks have the Broncos odds at 50/1 to win Super Bowl XLV.

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