Tim Tebow didn't look particularly great in his Philadelphia Eagles debut. The 28-year-old quarterback threw six completions on 12 attempts for 69 yards (5.8 average), zero touchdowns, zero interceptions, and 66.7 passer rating. To no surprise, he looked like a player who has been out of the NFL for a couple of years, which is exactly his case.
Despite his struggles, however, Tebowmania was alive and well at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. Whether the support from the crowd was ironic or not, it was still a pretty unique moment. Fourth string quarterbacks are never anywhere even close to being THIS popular:
Tim Tebow is getting a standing ovation here at The Linc. This is incredible.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 16, 2015
HUGE cheers for Tebow as the Eagles announce him. He has to wave his arms to quiet the crowd down. Great stuff.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 16, 2015
Big cheers here at The Linc for every single Tebow completed pass.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 16, 2015
Now the crowd is chanting "TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!"— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 16, 2015
Tebow also received big cheers when he kept the ball on the read option and scored a rushing touchdown:
After the game, Chip Kelly had some praise for the quarterback.
"I liked how Timmy threw it," Kelly said. "That's the big concern with everybody coming in, is has he really changed? I think he's sequencing better. He's got his feet underneath him. When the guys ran the right routes and he had the opportunity to throw the football, I thought he threw the ball really well."
Meanwhile, Tebow admitted he was far from perfect.
"I think there were some things that were decent and some things that we have to work on," the quarterback said. "Just try to be more consistent and improve communication with the offensive line and receivers. That’s a big key, especially when you’re running a fast tempo in this offense. Everybody being on the same page is huge. It’s never as good as it seems and it’s never as bad as it seems. It’s one more day to try to improve and try to get a little bit better tomorrow."
With three preseason games left, there's still plenty of time for Tebow to help (or hurt) his case for making the final roster. In the meantime, he'll remain as popular as ever.