My poor colleague Ryan Wilson -- determined to see whether or not Tim Tebow could take over the top spot on the Broncos depth chart at quarterback, he fired up the "Tebow Tracker" for all of Denver's preseason games. It's turned out to be an exercise in futility, as Tebow quickly lost out on the starting job to Kyle Orton.
That's not the full extent of the bad news for Tebow, either. John Fox called the Florida product a "work in progress" and it seems as if he's getting beat out for the second-string spot by Brady Quinn. (You probably knew that, but read the sentence again anyway.)
But wait -- there's more! According to Yahoo Sports Mike Silver, Tebow might not even be the third best quarterback in Denver right now.
"If everything was totally equal, and this were a competition based only on performance at this camp, Tebow would probably be the fourth-string guy," a highly knowledgable member of the Broncos organization told Silver on Monday. "Kyle is far and away the best, and Tebow’s way behind Quinn, too.
"And I’m telling you, Adam Weber is flat-out better right now."
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Adam Weber, for those that don't know, is the former quarterback of the Minnesota Golden Gophers who was signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent once the lockout ended. He is also pictured above, right.
He's the all-time leader for touchdowns passes in Golden Gopher football history and he passed for more than 2,500 yards in each of his four seasons with Minnesota. He compiled 72 touchdowns over that time to 51 interceptions.
On the other hand, Weber did not win the Heisman Trophy, nor did he win a BCS Championship. And he was not reached for in the first round of the NFL Draft just two years ago.
That's precisely why things are not "totally equal" -- Tebow cost the Broncos too much for them to relegate him to the practice squad, even if Fox feels like the most controversial quarterback in the NFL these days can't become a legitimate NFL quarterback.
Somewhere, though, Merrill Hoge is smiling.
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