After stepping up to the next level with a welcome-to-the-NFL gift — the selection of Trevor Lawrence as the No. 1 pick in last week’s NFL draft — new Jaguars coach Urban Meyer suddenly has a seemingly not-so-easy decision to ponder. Tebow, 33, who recently chucked his baseball aspirations, wants to make an NFL comeback — and, after all these years, switch positions and become a tight end. He contacted the Jaguars last week and had a tryout. As far as we know, he hasn’t tried out for any other team. Just the Jaguars. For 31 other NFL teams, it probably doesn’t go much further than a courtesy cup of coffee. Yet for Meyer, it doesn’t seem so simple. How do you say no to the former quarterback who helped you win two national championships at the University of Florida, the beloved figure who won the Heisman Trophy under your watch?“It’s very simple: If we believe that Tim Tebow can help us win a game, then we’d look into it,” Meyer told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. “And we’re not there yet. If it happens, that’s our decision behind it.”Meyer comes across as such a composed man, whose creative and wildly successful coaching talent is wrapped in ice-cold efficiency. But in this Tebow case, he’s already facing his first NFL test for putting sentimentality aside. Yes, it’s a cold business. Sure, the Jaguars need a tight end. Of all of the boxes that Meyer and new GM Trent Baalke checked during the draft with their bushel of nine picks, they are still a bit lacking in the tight end department. Meyer will indeed reunite with Luke Farrell, the fifth-rounder who played for him for two years at Ohio State. Farrell, though, isn’t the next coming of Shannon Sharpe. He’s a blocking specialist (yes, there’s a need for that, too) with limited ability to work the seams down the field. So, if there is a tight end on the street who can run routes, catch passes and block on the edges, Jacksonville might have a spot. It’s just that Tebow, for all of his size, athleticism and charm, has not proven to be that tight end. What, can anybody just sign up and play tight end in the NFL after a five-year layoff from football? Why would the Jaguars invest the time in such a project when there are more worthy candidates who have played the position — like in college, maybe in the NFL, in the CFL within the past few years?“Obviously, when you start talking about a position he’s never played, or hasn’t played in a while, that’s pretty tough,” Meyer said. “So, we’re reviewing everything.”Meyer said he briefly discussed Tebow with staff members on Monday and that they will meet this week to presumably hash out the prospects. When Tebow worked out last week, Meyer essentially had a hands-off role; the workout was conducted by tight ends coach Tyler Bowen. Meyer, consumed by NFL draft preparations, stopped by and didn’t stay for the whole workout.
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