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Aaron Hernandez told Pats: Tebow should try TE

Afew weeksbefore Aaron Hernandez life changed forever he spoke with the mediaatthe Patriots facility about his good friend Tim Tebow. It was Hernandez whospeculatedthat Tebow, his former teammate at the University of Florida might giveplayingtight end a try.

George Diaz of theOrlando Sentinelwho covered Tebow in college and theDenver PostsMark Kisla who covered him on the Broncos both feel replacing Hernandez issomethingTebow could do.

Well Tebow told New England coach and mastermotivatorBill Belichick that he isteam player. Tim was clear that playingquarterbackwas his main focus but he would keep an open mind when talking withcoachBelichick.

Wellletstake a look at the Hernandez vs. Tebow tale of the tape. Tebow stands 63weights236 pounds and runs 4.72 seconds in the 40 yard dash. Meanwhile, Hernandez is 61 weighs 245 pounds and he runs the 40 in 4.64.

Thereisa great difference when you compare them physically; however when it comestofootball I.Q.thatadvantage goes to Tebow by a mile.

So could Tebow playtightend for the Patriots?

The answer is a clear yes if both he and Belichickwanttoexplore that option. The reason Tebow is with the Pats in the first place is because Belichick loves Tebow's toughness, his dedication and his loyalty. From day one that Tebow came to New England when asked about him playing quarterback, the Pats head man has smiled and said "We will see where he fits best."

Rememberinthe Josh McDaniels, Patriots offense the tight end moves all over the place. Sometimes he is in the backfield, other times he is in the slot and yes attimeshe is in the traditional tight end formation.

A key factor in Tebow the tight end is the return to the lineup of one of the premier tight endsinthe business Rob Gronkowski?. He has had back surgeryandisrehabbingbut at this moment the team isexpectingto play without at leastforthe first couple of weeks in the regular season and perhaps longer.

At this moment Gronkowski is doing rehab work withteamtrainers, concentrating primarily on stretching and improvingcorestrength. He still appears to be headed for the physically unable to performlist(the PUP list) to open training camp later this month.

So, soon it might be Tebow,Belichick, and maybe Tom Brady in a room talking about the season. The duo tells Tebow for greatergoodof the Patriots organization they need him to take Hernandez place attight end.

I think Tebow says yes and opening day he is inthestarting line-up at tight end as the New England faces the Bills Septemberthe8th..


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