The following advice is presented as a public service for the two New England Patriots unfortunate enough to be assigned lockers next to Tim Tebow.

Jets fullback Lex Hilliard can relate to what you’ll be going through. His locker last season was adjacent to Tebow’s, on the right. Thus, he almost always couldn’t get to his locker on Wednesdays and Fridays, the two days Tebow usually spoke to reporters.

Hilliard’s secret? Find a friend who lockers nearby. After he was claimed off waivers from Miami by the Jets in October, Hilliard often went to the locker of former Dolphins teammate Yeremiah Bell

"I just went to YB’s locker," he said Tuesday with a smile. "They’ll adjust to it like I did here. … They’ve got to do something."

Good advice, certainly.

Yet, New England already is handling Tebow differently than the Jets did. Instead of the half-hour news conference Tebow held when he came to the Jets in March 2012, he spoke for less than a minute Tuesday in Foxboro, Mass., and took no questions. Still, it’s likely New England only will keep the lid on Tebowmania to a certain extent, and the attention he brings is a distraction waiting to happen.

And even if the Pats can handle that distraction, it remains to be seen how they will choose to use the reserve quarterback, whose erratic throwing has made him less than a viable option in that role. Using him as a change-of-pace Wildcat quarterback seems an unlikely option, because he would be replacing a future Hall of Famer in Tom Brady.

"If they want to replace Brady with him, that’s fine," Jets coach Rex Ryan quipped.

Or the Pats could try Tebow as a fullback, H-back, tight end or all of the above. The Patriots apparently believe offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was Denver’s head coach when the Broncos drafted Tebow in the first round in 2010, will get the best out of him.

"Anything we do we feel is in the best interests of the team," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday. "We’ll see how it goes."