As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.
When asked if he was “yay or nay” on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year’s draft.
“I think he’s got a lot of talent,” Tebow said on Jones. “I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical.”
Tim Tebow is a Daniel Jones fan. pic.twitter.com/vOcPEl9spc
– Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) February 16, 2020
Jones started 13 games for the Giants in his rookie campaign, taking the reins over from franchise legend Eli Manning after the first two games of the season.
Despite having a solid first season with 3027 yards, a 61.9 completion percentage and 24 touchdowns, questions arose about Jones’ turnover problem. Jones finished 2019 with 12 interceptions and 18 fumbles — 11 of which were lost.
When asked to switch over to his thoughts on Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, Tebow, a former Jets quarterback himself, went a bit more in depth with his answer on the USC product.
“I think he’s super talented, I think he’s one of the most talented young quarterback’s in the league,” Tebow said on Darnold. “I think playing with confidence is one of the biggest parts to the game for a quarterback.”
“It’s hard sometimes, it’s just like hitting. All of a sudden I throw a couple of picks and I’m doubting did I really see the defense…Now I’m questioning my ability, and I think he’s got to get off to a rhythm and build that confidence and people behind him where it feels like ‘you know what, no matter what I see, I believe it’s right, whether it is or it isn’t, I got to believe it’ and then the people around you are going to believe it.”
Tim Tebow on Sam Darnold:
“I think he’s one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the league” pic.twitter.com/uWHXBZsM12
– Jets Videos (@snyjets) February 16, 2020
Darnold has appeared in 13 games in each of his first two seasons in the NFL, but saw his numbers improve slightly last year. He saw an uptick in his yards (2865 his rookie season, 3024 last season), completion percentage (57.7 his rookie season, 61.9 percent last season) and touchdowns (17 his rookie season, 19 last season), and saw a decrease in his interceptions (15 his rookie season, 13 last season).