Tebow could see time as RB against Pats Sunday

Published On October 18, 2012 | By Meredith Perri

According to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, backup quarterback Tim Tebow could find himself at running back during the Jets game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

“The thing about Tim, with him being a football player like we’ve always talked about, by playing quarterback he knows all the positions and so, can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end, whatever? I think the answer is yes,” Ryan said, according to CBS New York.

The statement comes with the Jets in a tough position heading into Sunday’s contest. Backups Joe McKnight, who has a sprained left ankle, and Bilal Powell, who has a separated shoulder, are likely unable to play in the game. That leaves starter Shonn Greene and rookie Jonathan Grimes, but Grimes has yet to play in a game.

Furthermore, after the Jets waived John Conner on Wednesday, making the team’s remaining fullback Lex Hilliard.

Tebow has had a limited role with the Jets so far this season, carrying the ball just 18 times for 64 yards.

According to Ryan, Tebow’s power will help him if he needs to play at the different position on Sunday.

“You start with his skill set, but his skill set would be more based on power,” Ryan said. “He’s not going to be a blazer compared to other running backs. He’s got power.”

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Meredith is a junior journalism student at Boston University. She has covered nearly every sport for The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper, but mainly writes about women’s hockey. Meredith has also covered Major League Baseball as an intern with SNY and MetsBlog.com. Follow her on Twitter at @mere579.