Newly signed Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow has a fan in Patriots owner Bob Kraft. Kraft was on CNBC’s “Summer on the Street” program, and according to ESPN Boston, said he hopes Tebow makes the Patriots roster, and called him the “real deal.”
“I don’t get why people wouldn’t relate to this guy big-time,” Kraft said Friday. “For us, it was a great opportunity that he was on the street, not hired, and to have him come to our franchise. We like to collect people of good character. He’s the real deal, and we have a lot of other players [like that].”
“I don’t think there is a nicer person that I’ve ever met, and now he’ll get to compete with all the other people at the position, and our hope is that he’s on our 53-man roster.”
Kraft said he thinks Tebow can provide the Patriots with quality depth, and leadership.
“I think Tom Brady, we’re privileged to have the best quarterback in the history of the game,” Kraft said. “But we’re a physical game. Injuries happen. We have another very good quarterback in Ryan Mallett.
“We’re allowed three quarterbacks. We’re in the business of quality depth management. We have a salary cap and we need a number of different competitive players for depth. You never know what’s going [to happen]; Tom Brady missed the whole season a few years ago. You can’t have enough quality people in any of your businesses.”
A situation that could get out of control, won’t because of Bill Belichick. The Patriots need to keep Tebowmania under control.