Tebow ready for first preseason action

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Tim Tebow NFL extravaganza that has swept through the league ever since Denver gambled by trading three picks to move up and draft the quarterback is about to enter to a new level: Tebow is actually going to play in an NFL game.

TebowTebowSunday, Tebow will make his preseason debut at Cincinnati. Tebow, who is currently third on the depth chart behind starter Kyle Orton and backup Brady Quinn, will likely play extensively in the second half Sunday.

Tebow, with just a few more practices to prepare for the game, said he is ready to face another NFL team.

“I’m really excited about it; just excited to get it going,” said Tebow, who will be supported by a group of family and friends at the game. “I feel like I’m ready and I look forward to executing everything we’ve done here on the field.”

Tebow performed well at the team’s intra-squad scrimmage at Invesco Field at Mile High last Saturday night.

Denver coach Josh McDaniels has maintained a big part of Tebow’s growth this summer has been translating what he is seeing on film to the practice field.

“Tim continues to make strides,” McDaniels said. “He understands the importance of doing the things the right way.”

Tebow will go into the Cincinnati game with the benefit of plenty of repetitions. He is has worked extensively this summer and he done a lot of work in short-yardage situations.

Tebow will likely be used in the regular season in special packages such as the Wildcat formation and in the red zone.