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Dan Campbell notices Derrick Barnes and Tom Kennedy on the Lions’ risers and fallers list; is Tim Boyle still QB2?

Preseason football’s goals are to adequately evaluate a roster against live competition and to avoid any potentially devastating injuries.
On both counts, the Lions won in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Head coach Dan Campbell rested many of his regulars, primarily as a precaution, allowing players vying for second- and third-team spots to face the Steelers starters.
It was nasty for a while, with Detroit falling behind 20-0 at halftime, which could have been much worse. But the Lions rallied in the second half, eventually pulling within 6 points.
Several players stood out for their efforts on the way to the 26-20 loss, both in good and terrible ways.
The second round of preseason risers and fallers is as follows:RisersA.J.
Parker, CBIn this year’s draft guide, Dane Brugler graded the Kansas State product as the 52nd-best cornerback prospect.
Parker had too many “negative drills in run support,” according to the scouting report, but “may be enough to survive in the NFL if he can improve his tackling and physicality.” Parker led the Lions with eight tackles (on 30 defensive reps) in their second preseason game.
At this point, it appears he’ll do more than just “survive” in the NFL; he’s started both games as Detroit’s slot corner, and he doesn’t appear willing to relinquish that role. “A.J., great,” said linebacker Derrick Barnes on Saturday night.
“An undrafted player”
Day one has everything under control.

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Quiz on the AP First-Team All-Pro Tight Ends

Jacksonville’s Tim Tebow experiment has come to an end.
The Jaguars confirmed on Tuesday that they have parted ways with the 34-year-old quarterback-turned-tight end.
Tebow’s release comes just days after he had not one, but two laughably bad block attempts in a preseason game against the New York Jets.
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As one might assume, the NFL world, as well as head coach Urban Meyer and even Tebow himself, had a few things to say about the conclusion of Tebow’s tenure in Duval.
This will most likely be “Tim Tebow, NFL player’s” final appearance, but who knows, maybe a team will invite him to camp next offseason merely to increase jersey sales.
Which leads us to the topic of today’s quiz.
While Tebow the tight end did not have the opportunity to make an impact on the game, others from that position have.
Only 23 tight ends have been named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in the NFL’s history.
So, how many of these all-time greats can you name in five minutes with that in mind?
Best of luck!

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After making a comeback in the NFL as a tight end, Tim Tebow was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tim Tebow was dismissed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday, ending his attempt to return to the NFL after an eight-year absence.
The quarterback-turned-tight end, a first-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2020, thanked the Jaguars for the opportunity following the transfer.
“Thankful for the highs and lows, opportunities and setbacks,” Tebow wrote on Twitter.
“I’ve never wanted to make decisions because I’m afraid of failing, and I’m happy for the opportunity to have pursued a dream…” Grateful for the highs and lows, possibilities and disappointments.
I’ve never wanted to make decisions because I’m afraid of failing, and I’m happy for the opportunity to pursue a dream.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 17, 2021 NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 85 players by 4 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, and Tebow was a longshot.
In the Jaguars’ 23-13 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, he didn’t have a catch.
The 34-year-old was targeted once, but the throw was tipped at the scrimmage line.
Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion at Florida, started 14 games for the Broncos from 2010 to 2011, having an 8-6 record.
He threw for 2,422 yards on 47.9% of his passes, with 17 scores and nine interceptions, and added 989 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
The New York Jets acquired Tebow and a seventh-round selection pick in March 2012 in exchange for two 2021 draft picks, a fourth-rounder and a sixth-rounder.
In 2012, he was waived by the Jets after attempting eight passes and completing six of them.
Tebow was then signed by the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, although neither team used him in a game.
Tebow turned to baseball after his football stint, signing with the New York Mets in September 2016.
With the Mets’ low-A Columbia Fireflies organization, he hit a home run in his first professional at-bat.
Tebow hit.223 with a.299 on-base percentage,.338 slugging percentage, 107 runs, 48 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 107 RBIs, and five stolen bases in 287 games during three minor league seasons.
In February, he announced his retirement from baseball and in May, he signed with the Jaguars to play under Urban Meyer, his college coach.
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The Jaguars’ NFL preseason opening yielded ten observations, including pace of play, WR plurality, Trevor Lawrence, Tim Tebow, and more.

Urban Meyer, a renowned loser as a college coach, knew he’d have to mentally prepare for more defeats as an NFL coach.
It didn’t make Meyer’s offense’s 85-yard first-half total in Saturday’s 23-13 preseason loss to the Browns any easier to watch.What bothered Meyer the most was the offense’s tempo while Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew — the Jaguars’ co-No. 1 wide receivers — were on the field.
We were in the game, but we all know Lawrence is the real starter.

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Tim Tebow arrived to Jaguars training camp looking like a bodybuilder.

Tim Tebow appears to be physically capable of playing tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.
Tim Tebow arrived at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp looking like a professional bodybuilder after switching positions from quarterback to tight end.
Tebow has never had a problem lifting weights or going to the gym.
His issues in the NFL stemmed from his clumsy throwing motion and initial reluctance to transfer positions.
It’ll be interesting to see if he can still play for his local team in his mid-30s now that he’s completely embraced being an NFL tight end.
At the very least, we know Tebow looks terrific in black and teal.
Tebow may have a chance to make the Jaguars thanks to his blossoming friendship with Trevor Lawrence.
Tim Tebow looks like a bodybuilder at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp pic.twitter.com/kuOyVd9kOB — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) July 28, 2021
For starters, he is a member of his hometown team.
Two, since his last season at Florida, Jacksonville has had one solid season.
Three, since Andrew Luck, Lawrence is the best QB prospect.
In Jacksonville, Tebow’s college coach, Urban Meyer, is in charge.
As a result, it’s possible that it will occur in the real world.
Tebow’s ability to catch passes and run patterns will almost certainly not be an issue if he makes the squad.
Having to block defensive front-seven guys, as well as being targeted by any defender who wants to light Tebow up like a Christmas tree, may be a issue.
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Tebow, in his 85 jersey, is a walking target, but one built like a bodybuilder.
Tebow’s mental toughness and sure-handedness will help him get into the Jaguars.