Most early projections for the Jacksonville Jaguars' final 53-man roster this fall indicate Tim Tebow being out of the mix at a deep tight end position for a franchise under first-year head coach Urban Meyer. NFL teams are required to trim their rosters in late August after the third preseason game, which gives Meyer and his coaching staff plenty of time to see what they're working with on the field prior to opening the season in September.
Meyer was asked by USA Today this week about Tebow's chances of making the 53-man roster. The Jaguars coach didn't mince words with his response.
“The tough part is 53 and that’s new to me,” Meyer said. “That’s the reality of the NFL, that you have 90 players. So to me, he’s one of 90. He’s a guy that’s, you know, what's the difference, between him and the other 40 guys trying to make the team? To me, it’s all the same. This is their livelihood, this is a job, this is a way to make a living. And the reality is that a good percentage of your roster’s gonna get cut or transition out of here, which, to me, that’s completely new.
"In college, you’ve got your 85, 95 guys and you fit them in and you put the puzzle together. It’s much different here.”
Earlier this month, Meyer admitted the path for Tebow to make the roster would be "difficult" given Jacksonville's strength at the tight end position.