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Belichick: Tebow making progress

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- On the surface, New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow's passing stat line in Friday's preseason win over the Buccaneers reflected a player who is struggling: 1-of-7 for minus-1 yards.

But Bill Belichick doesn't necessarily view it that way.

When asked Monday if he still sees positive steps from Tebow's overall body of work as a quarterback, Belichick said: "Oh yeah, definitely."

"I think if you look at the entire week last week, it would look different than the game did," Belichick continued. "In some cases, the game looked better for some players, and in some cases the game didn't look as good as some other things during the week. So we'll just have to take all that into consideration."

By "all that," Belichick seems to be referring to an intangible: Tebow's playmaking ability.

"I think the passing game is still the passing game. But all players have different skill sets. Some guys do some things better than others," Belichick said. "You have to look at the total package and what they're able to do in all areas of the game.

"I think we see a lot of good quarterbacks in the NFL, they aren't all maybe the best passers but their ability to run and pass, and make plays however they make them -- designed plays, scramble plays, whatever it is -- makes them a high-level player. I don't think there is one specific style you have to have, or don't have to have. In the end, it's about production and being able to do enough things to be successful."

Through two preseason games, Tebow is a combined 5-for-19 for 54 yards passing. He has 61 combined rushing yards on 10 carries.