Tebow to get another look?

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

Tim Tebow's first NFL start on Sunday didn't end with a W but his performance was encouraging enough that Denver interim coach Eric Studesville is sticking with him for this week's game against the Houston Texans.

Shouldn't every quarterback get a shot at airing it out against the Texans pathetic secondary?

Kyle Orton, who started the Broncos opening 13 games, is still not up to speed because of bruised ribs, which clears the way for Tebow to make an encore performance.

"Right now, Kyle is in about the same situation that he was last week with his injury," Studesville said. "That's why we decided to make this decision early, rather than wait and hope, because we can't foresee what the end of the week would give us. We want to make sure we got a good week of preparation in, to give ourselves the best chance against Houston."

In the 39-23 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Tebow was kept under a tight wrap as he threw just 16 passes for 138 yards including a 33-yard touchdown. He also finished the game as the Broncos leading rusher with 78 yards on eight carries including a 40-yard TD run on a quarterback draw.

"He made plays scrambling and running the ball and even though we didn't throw the ball a whole lot of times, he made some nice throws and completions that we needed," Studesville said.

Against the Texans, the hope is that Tebow will get a little more room to show what he can do.

"If we're going to put him out there, we might as well turn him loose," wide receiver Jabar Gaffney said. "We just can't handcuff him. Let him throw. Turn him loose and let him play."

Exactly.


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