Tim Tebow might not unseat Mark Sanchez, or anyone else, as a starting NFL quarterback.But he just might be the best punt-faking upback in NFL history.
Tebow is 2-for-2 in piloting fake-punt fourth-down conversions this year, after his surprise pass completion Sunday helped his New York Jets blow the game open just before halftime in a runaway 35-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Up 14-6, on a 4th-and-11 from the Colts’ 40, Tebow lined up as he always does as the left-side upback, who calls the snap count for the punt team.
Normally he just protects the punter, and hustles down on coverage. A couple weeks ago, though, he took a direct snap and ran for a first down.
This time, he got the direct snap, faked as though he’d run it like the other time, but pulled up and threw a complete pass to wide-open Nick Bellore — a linebacker — who rumbled for a 23-yard gain.
Two plays later, on 3rd-and-1 from the 8, Tebow re-entered the game in the Wildcat and ran up the middle for three yards. On the next play, the Jets went up 21-6 and never looked back.