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Mile High Morning: Tim Tebow expected to make NFL return as Jaguars tight end


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Does Tim Tebow have one miracle comeback left in him?

The former Broncos quarterback may soon be back in the NFL, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported on Monday that the Jaguars plan to sign Tebow to a one-year deal.

Tebow last played in the NFL in 2012, when he appeared in 12 games for the Jets. That followed two memorable seasons in Denver, including a remarkable 2011 run as the starter for the final 11 games. During that span, Tebow sparked a six-game win streak that included some of the most unbelievable comebacks in franchise history.

After beating out the Chargers and Raiders for the division title, the Broncos then hosted the Steelers in the wild-card round for one of the most thrilling playoff games in franchise history. Despite being 7.5-point underdogs, Denver went toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh and built a 14-point halftime lead behind one Tebow touchdown pass and one Tebow touchdown run. When regulation ended with a tie, the Broncos then got the ball to open overtime … and then Tebow made magic happen on the first play with a pass over the middle to Demaryius Thomas.

In the years since his stint with the Broncos, Tebow competed on the Patriots' and Eagles' offseason rosters and then tried his hand at professional baseball as a minor leaguer in the New York Mets' farm system. He also has worked as an analyst for ESPN's college football programming.

But Tebow's prospective return to the NFL reportedly will not be at quarterback; instead, he is expected to become a tight end for the Jaguars, which now has first-overall pick Trevor Lawrence handling quarterbacking duties. Jaguars GM Trent Baalke said on April 29 that the team had worked out Tebow at tight end.

There could be an opportunity there for Tebow. Jacksonville's leading receiver at tight end in 2020, Tyler Eifert, is a free agent, and their full-time starter from last season, James O'Shaughnessy, was not much of a receiving threat, as he recorded just 28 catches for 262 yards.

If Tebow does make the cut, Broncos fans could see him in action on the field. Denver is slated to face off against the Jaguars in Jacksonville this season.

It may be a lot to ask given Tebow's time away from the game and the challenge of learning a new position, but as we know, it's hard to count him out of anything.

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With that news coming out Monday, CBS Sports’ Bryan DeArdo counted down the top five moments from Tebow’s NFL career at quarterback. We already touched on No. 1, but the other four are a lot of fun, too. "With Tebow under center, the Broncos captured an AFC West division title in 2011 before pulling off one of the most jaw-dropping finishes in NFL playoff history," DeArdo wrote.

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