Tebow’s arm better than advertised

Tebow drops back to throw against the Bengals in the preseason opener.

The knock on Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow has always been that he isn’t technically sound.

Sure, the former Broncos quarterback makes plays with his feet when the pocket collapses, but Tebow has never been known as a passer. All that might be changing and his chemistry with rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill is proof.

On Monday afternoon, Hill split cornerback Kyle Wilson and safety Antonio Allen to connect on a deep downfield pass from Tebow that turned into a 59-yard touchdown. Then on Tuesday night during the Jets open practice at MetLife Stadium, Hill made another long connection with Tebow, pushing aside cornerback Julian Posey in the process. Both passes were right where the receiver could make a play.

“He throws a great ball. It gets there. It is a great ball, definitely,” Hill told Metro. “I’m not surprised at all. Since I’ve been practicing with him, it’s looked great. It is a really great throw.”

While Hill has also has connected with starter Mark Sanchez, including on the first play of training camp when the rookie fought off All-Pro Darrelle Revis for a spectacular grab, the connection with Tebow has been stronger.

“I wish I knew why. When I got the chance to be in there with him, we seem to click,” Hill said. “We just go out there and work on it and each day it gets better.”

Need a sign that Tebow is better than advertised? On Tuesday night, the quarterbacks put a yellow trash can in the corner of the end zone and tried to drop a pass into the bucket from 25 yards away. It took several minutes of close calls, including Tebow rimming the bucket on four occasions, but a player billed as the Wildcat quarterback was the first to make the rainbow pass that went in.

Tebow pointed toward heaven after his winning pass, while starter Mark Sanchez’s shoulders drooped.

The crowd erupted in cheers, perhaps surprised that a quarterback not known for his arm had displayed such passing proficiency.

Jets notes

» Much-maligned right tackle Wayne Hunter did not attend Tuesday night’s practice. Head coach Rex Ryan said he was excused for “a personal thing.” Ryan said the reason wasn’t because Hunter, who gave up three sacks on Saturday night, would be booed by the fans at the open practice at the Meadowlands

» Calvin Pace was absent from practice, getting his wisdom tooth pulled.

» Ryan said wide receiver Chaz Schilens, out with an ankle injury, likely won’t play Sunday night against the Panthers.

» Hill, who has an injured finger on his right hand, is doing fine. “Just need to keep taping it up,” Hill told Metro.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…


Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."


Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.


Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.


Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…


Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.


Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.


Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.


Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.


Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.