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 No. 3 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, 25, 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.
The Patriots already may be making money on their investment. The team’s pro shop was taking pre-orders for jerseys with his last name – and no number – on the back. Prices ranged from $69.95 to $99.95, with free shipping.
During practice, the three quarterbacks worked under the close scrutiny of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the head coach with the Denver Broncos in 2011 when Tebow enjoyed his greatest pro success.
They all threw good spirals, although Tebow’s velocity and delivery appeared to be the slowest.
Asked how much McDaniels’ background with Tebow contributed to the signing, Belichick shed no light.
“I don’t know,” Belichick said.
Johnson’s lawyer wants sentence cut
Adam Swickle, the lawyer for former NFL star Chad Johnson, asked Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh to reconsider the 30-day jail sentence she handed Johnson on Monday.
NFL thinking about moving draft
The NFL is looking at options for where to hold the draft in 2015.
Next year’s draft was moved from April to May 8-10 to keep it at Radio City Music Hall. The venue has created a spring entertainment show that will occupy the historic theater for April.
Already, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has contacted Commissioner Roger Goodell about his city playing host for the draft.
Around the league
Cincinnati cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after police said he hit a woman at a nightclub last week. … Houston safety Ed Reed (hip) isn’t sure if he’ll be ready to play for the Texans in the season opener on Sept. 9. …
Baltimore released All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach. … Receiver Hakeem Nicks showed up for the Giants’ mandatory minicamp and refused to disclose why he skipped all nine of the team’s recent “voluntary” workouts. … Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler confirmed that he and actress Kristin Cavallari had recently married. … Cincinnati tackle Andre Smith missed the start of minicamp, drawing a fine from the club. …
Receiver Donte Stallworth has recovered from serious burn injuries suffered in a hot air balloon crash and is practicing with Washington. … Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway has been scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery. … Jacksonville was awarded quarterback Mike Kafka off waivers from New England, the third Patriots player claimed by Jacksonville in the last four weeks. … Jason Garrett finally acknowledged that he won’t call plays for Dallas next season.