Te­bow may be ready for wild­cat

Jets coach re­verses him­self af­ter see­ing in­jured QB prac­tice.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Dennis Wasza­kjr.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tim Te­bow might not be done in the wild­cat af­ter all.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan re­versed his de­ci­sion Fri­day, say­ing the backup quar­ter­back could pos­si­bly par­tic­i­pate in the wild­cat-style of­fense and on spe­cial teams as the per­sonal punt pro­tec­tor at Ten­nessee on Mon­day night.

On Thurs­day, Ryan said Te­bow would be the backup to Mark Sanchez, but only in the con­ven­tional of­fense as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from two bro­ken ribs.

“He moved around great,” Ryan said of Te­bow’s prac­tice per­for­mance Thurs­day. “This is the best he’s looked in sev­eral weeks, so we’ll see. There could be a chance he does the wild­cat. He moved around that good that we may get him back in sim­i­lar roles.”

Te­bow was full par­tic­i­pant in prac­tice Thurs­day and Fri­day, a sign he is get­ting closer to be­ing fully healed af­ter be­ing in­jured at Seat­tle on Nov. 11.

Of course, the sud­den shift in think­ing af­ter one non-tack­ling prac­tice could merely be an ex­am­ple of games­man­ship, try­ing to con­fuse the Ti­tans. Te­bow has not played in the last three games.

“I’m get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day,” Te­bow said. “I’m try­ing to go out there and push it and try to do well.”

Te­bow said he has prac­ticed run­ning the wild­cat “about the same as any week” and will wear a flak jacket to pro­tect his ribs if he plays.

Ryan ac­knowl­edged Fri­day that it might be tough to truly de­ter­mine how ready Te­bow is for con­tact if he hasn’t had any in nearly a month.

“There’s no doubt, that’s true, but look­ing at the way he’s throw­ing the foot­ball and the way he’s mov­ing - be­fore, it was kind of like, you could al­most tell he wasn’t real sure. Now I can’t see a vis­i­ble dif­fer­ence from the start of the year to right now.

“If he con­tin­ues to look like this and even im­prove, then maybe we can have him in a sim­i­lar role.”

Added Te­bow: “I’ll be ready for that first hit.”

Ti­tans coach Mike Mun­chak thought New York-area re­porters were jok­ing with him when they told him on a con­fer­ence call Thurs­day that Ryan said Te­bow wouldn’t play in the wild­cat.

“I thought you were telling me I was a lit­tle un­pre­pared for some­thing,” Mun­chak said. “I think it’s ob­vi­ously some­thing we would pre­pare for any­ways. I’ve seen teams do that. Any­time you show any­thing dif­fer­ent that you’re go­ing to do, you want your play­ers to be pre­pared for (it). ...”

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