Former Heisman Trophy winner and Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke spent the past month tweaking Tim Tebow's mechanics and is convinced Tebow 2.0, released in April after a failed one-year tenure with the New York Jets, doesn't have to change positions to stick with the New England Patriots.

"Do I think he can play the quarterback position in the NFL? Yeah, no question,'' Weinke told USA TODAY Sports Monday. "Like I told Tim when I found out (Monday) that he signed, 'You're locked and loaded, ready to go.'''

It sure doesn't hurt that Tebow could have some situational chances this season to prove the Jets wrong for releasing him.

"Tim's about as competitive a guy as you're ever going to be around,'' Weinke said. "Tim didn't spend any time talking about the Jets releasing him. But at the end of the day, he's been humbled and he's hungry.

"That's good. He'll go up to New England. And they'll be pleased with the way he's throwing the football."

The IMG Academy director said from his Bradenton, Fla., office that Tebow couldn't have landed in a better spot in his bid to prove he's still a viable quarterback prospect.

"It's a good fit for him,'' Weinke said.

The Bill Belichick and Tom Brady Patriots are the non-circus antithesis of the AFC East rival Jets, who traded for Tebow in March 2012 only to skip over him when quarterback Mark Sanchez was benched.

Weinke said pressure on Tebow will be minimal with Brady entrenched as the starter, and Tebow's former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who drafted the Heisman Trophy winner, in the role of Patriots offensive coordinator.

"It's an ideal, no-nonsense environment,'' Weinke said. "He wants to get much better. He grasped and had a great understanding of what's going on and that, coupled with the familiarity with Josh McDaniels ... he's going to a place where we all know they have one of the best quarterbacks in the game in Tom Brady.