Tim Tebow’s release by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday marked the third time he has been cut by an NFL team.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tebow wasn’t good enough to be the team’s No. 3 quarterback. Compared with the other quarterbacks in the Eagles’ camp, Tebow has the best total quarterback rating late in games.
In the final five minutes of fourth quarters, Tebow has a total QBR of 80.1 in his career -- 33 points better than the QBR of any other quarterback in Eagles camp.
Accurate in preseason but not in regular season
Of the 73 quarterbacks who threw at least 30 passes this preseason, Tebow's 58.3 completion percentage tied for 47th, ahead of the completion percentage of players such as Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Eli Manning.
But Tebow’s regular-season performance hasn’t matched what he did this summer. Tebow completed 47 percent of his passes the last time he saw extended NFL action, in 2011. Over the past 20 seasons, only Akili Smith (44 percent) in 2000 had a lower completion percentage in one season (minimum 250 passes).
Tebow’s 12.3 air yards per pass in 2011 is the highest in one season over the past five seasons.
The Eagles have used the zone-read option an NFL-high 514 times the past two seasons, 235 times more than the next closest team (the Seahawks).
In his NFL career, Tebow has kept the ball on 41 zone-read options for 256 yards. The only quarterback on the Eagles’ roster with any experience keeping the ball on a zone-read is Mark Sanchez, who did so six times for 38 yards last season.