Tim Tebow is happy for opportunity with Patriots

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tim Tebow and Tom Brady took turns, zipping passes over the middle and lofting tosses toward the corner of the end zone.

On his first day with the Patriots, the New England newcomer was just a backup quarterback, No. 5 on his helmet and number three on the depth chart.

And when practice ended Tuesday, Tebow talked – for all of 40 seconds.

“First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity,” Tebow said.

For now, that’s all it is.

No promises of trick plays. No huge media circus. Not even a guaranteed job.

To coach Bill Belichick, the focus is on football. And where Tebow fits in, well, the Patriots plan to find out.

“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Belichick said.

Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Tebow was signed for two years but no assured money.

One person says he will make the veteran’s minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives.

“It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for coach Belichick and coach (Josh) McDaniels, learn under Tom and to be a part of this great franchise and part of a very successful franchise,” Tebow said. “I found that out firsthand. I lost to them several times.”

REDSKINS: Robert Griffin III showed that he can now do “explosive sprinting,” his dreadlocks flowing behind him as he dashed from sideline to sideline in the end zone of Washington’s practice bubble.

Next up for Griffin: working his rehab into his honeymoon.

Griffin again worked on the side as the Redskins begin their spring minicamp.

He ran drills with other rehabbing players – as he’s done all spring – but the newest element to his routine is the ramped-up sprinting that he hopes keeps him on pace to be full-go when training camp starts in late July.

Before that, there’s the matter of getting married to longtime fiancee Rebecca Liddicoat.

Griffin will have another couple of weeks of rehab at Redskins Park, during which he plan to begin cutting drills, but then his attention shifts to his big off-field day and the juggling act of making sure he’s still tending to his surgically reconstructed knee.

RAIDERS: Opened their three-day mandatory minicamp with a passing offense that looks far from a finished product.

From presumed starter Matt Flynn to the only returning quarterback Terrelle Pryor to rookie Tyler Wilson, none of the quarterbacks fighting to replace Carson Palmer as the starter in Oakland are standing apart from the competition.


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