While the New England Patriots wait out the legal problems of tight end Aaron Hernandez, speculation continues on the future of Tim Tebow. There is a theory the team will convert him to tight end.

Not so, ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss said on SportsCenter recently. He and several observers say the Pats acquired Tebow to be a third-string quarterback.

Conjure up all the notions about why. Tebow is stronger on the run than as a passer; that could mean Bill Belichick is thinking of ways to use the Wildcat scheme. Tebow is left-handed; that would be a change from Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett.

Owner Robert Kraft is a big Tebow supporter. And just to mention, having an all-American hero on the roster isn't a bad thing during the Hernandez mess.

As for tight ends, remember: The Pats picked up former New York Giants TE Jake Ballard; have Michael Hoomanawanui, a good H-back; a solid blocker in Daniel Fells; and undrafted rookies Zach Sudfeld and Brandon Ford showing promise.