Thursday's roundup: Tebow impresses Eagles official
Philadelphia — Ignore the hype. Tim Tebow is just another guy competing for a roster spot on the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Obviously, we were intrigued with what we saw there," Eagles personnel chief Ed Marynowitz said Thursday. "We saw a player who improved from the last time we saw him live, which was when he was here with New England. We had some conversations and some discussions, and we felt that it was an opportunity to bring in someone who could compete for a spot.
"Look, we've got 68 players who are on our football team right now. And Tim's one of them. He'll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot. And his role will be determined by his performance and it's as simple as that."
Philadelphia's new vice president of player personnel was the first member of the organization to publicly discuss Tebow since the Eagles signed the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner to a one-year contract on Monday. Neither Tebow nor coach Chip Kelly has been available to the media.
Tebow was 9-7 as a starter for Denver in 2010-11, including playoffs. He threw just eight passes for the New York Jets in 2012 and lined up as a punt protector.
Marynowitz said Tebow is here to play quarterback, not another position. Still, the innovative Kelly could try various ways to get Tebow involved in the offense. Sam Bradford, acquired in a trade from St. Louis, is penciled in as the starting QB. Mark Sanchez is the backup. Tebow is competing with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 job. G.J. Kinne also is on the roster.
Tebow has worked with former Texas Rangers pitching coach Tom House on his mechanics. The Eagles were impressed with his improvement during a private workout in March. Tebow's career completion percentage is 47.9.
Six months after undergoing knee surgery, wide receiver Victor Cruz has no doubt he will play in the Giants opener against the Cowboys. Cruz says his right knee feels great.
... The family of late Bears safety Dave Duerson plans to appeal terms of this week's class-action concussion settlement "sooner rather than later."
Attorney Thomas Demetrio objects to the exclusion of future awards for CTE, the brain trauma some call "the signature disease of football."
... Six Football Hall of Famers will be among the 32 former players who will announce second-round picks at the draft.
Announcing the selections for their teams will be linebacker Dick Butkus (Bears), quarterback Jim Kelly (Bills), cornerbacks Willie Brown (Raiders) and Mel Blount (Steelers), center Dwight Stephenson (Dolphins), and 2015 electee DE-LB Charles Haley (49ers).
... Maurice Jones-Drew is returning to Jacksonville to retire as a member of the Jaguars.
Jones-Drew called it quits last month after nine NFL seasons.
... The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with tight end Bear Pascoe.