Tim Tebow returned to NFL action Saturday night, playing for the first time since the 2015 preseason. The newly minted tight end debuted for the Jaguars on his 34th birthday.
Not much was expected of Tebow, who entered the game in a three-way tie with Tyler Davis and Ben Ellefson for fourth string on Jacksonville’s tight end depth chart. He’s learning a new position, after all.
Still, Tebow saw the field for a handful of snaps in Jacksonville’s 23-13 loss to Cleveland. Here’s how he did.
Highlights from Tim Tebow’s Jaguars debut
Tebow first saw the field with less than 20 seconds left in the first half. He ran open over the middle but ended up in the same spot as Tavon Austin. Austin made the catch in front of Tebow, who turned upfield to block for Austin.
It’s unclear which player was supposed to be in that location, but since Austin made the catch, Tebow technically wasn’t targeted on the play.
Tebow checked in again at the end of the third quarter, this time in the red zone. Jacksonville called consecutive running plays where Tebow was asked to block. The first play was ugly; he fell to the ground after contact. It didn’t have much of an impact on Dare Ogunbowale’s 6-yard gain, but it showed that Tebow’s blocking is still a work in progress.
Tebow logged most of his snaps in the final four minutes of the contest, and he was targeted once. Fourth-string quarterback Jake Luton threw the ball his way, but it glanced off Tebow’s hand and nearly turned into an interception before it hit the ground.
That was all the action that Tebow logged Saturday. He finished with one target and zero catches.