A rain swept Saturday morning didn’t stop the Jets’ second day of practice but it certainly impacted the day’s session, creating issues for the passing game and causing numerous dropped balls. The wet conditions certainly impacted backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who struggled all day to find his receivers.
Tebow, who had a solid first day of practice, returned to the field on Saturday and looked less than sharp. Cheers for the popular quarterback, arguably the most popular athlete in the country, turned to jeers from the crowd midway through practice. He had a pass broken up by Ellis Lankster and twice caused Josh Baker to nearly get hit on passes in 11-on-11 drills that were supposed to be non-contact.
While Tebow did not speak to the media on Saturday, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano wasn’t overly concerned by a down day.
“What we’re trying to do here every single day is work as hard as we can on continuing the progress with Tim at the quarterback situation,” Sparano said. “We’re not worried about that other stuff.”
But the Jets fans present were clearly worried, and they voiced their displeasure towards a player on their own team.
When Tebow originally took to the field, a number of fans, many wearing Tebow T-shirts or even gear from his previous stop in Denver, burst into loud applause. Then when Tebow began throwing dud passes, some of the more cynical fans began to heckle the Jets backup.
“When you’re really focused out there, you don’t’ notice all that stuff. You worry about what is going on on the field. That goes for Sundays too,” tight end Dustin Keller said. “Obviously we love our fans and we do appreciate them. It’s all about on the field; you have to be focusing on the field.”
There won’t be any repercussions for Tebow for his off day from Sparano, who said he isn’t as focused right now on the results from his players as much as he’s looking to see how they battle back.
“Nothing surprises me, but it’s practice we’re at here. That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. You’re going to throw a bad one; you’re going to throw three good ones. You’re going to catch two of them, miss one of them, miss a block, whatever it is,” Sparano said. “The most important thing is to see how the guys battle back and watch them in that process. Tim and all the other guys out there right now are playing with a lot of passion.”
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