TWO BITS: Dunlap concussed, Tebow hazed

1 » Overlooked this weekend was an injury suffered by former Florida Gators defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who was dinged pretty hard during practice Saturday night. Team doctors told Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis that Dunlap suffered a concussion and will be out of action for the short-term. “Hopefully we’ll get him back here quickly,” Lewis said in a press conference Monday. “He had been encouraging. It seemed that he had turned the corner in some of the things we had asked him to do.”

2 » As expected, Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow has been taking his “hazing” in stride with a smile on his face and a hop in his step. While some in the league question if similar practices are actually necessary to build chemistry, most rookies seem not to care and realize it is just a part of the process to be accepted by your teammates and NFL veterans. Though Tebow has plenty more to do in order to win over the Broncos both on the field and behind the scenes, carrying some pads on a hot day is a pretty good start.

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TWO BITS: Tebowmania in Denver, Harvin’s injury

1 » Signing his rookie contract Thursday, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow got his first taste of practice with the Denver Broncos on Friday in front of some reporters. Things were different Sunday at the team’s first public training camp event, as 3,103 Broncos fans packed the Dove Valley facility (the most since it opened in 2003) to get a glimpse of the former Heisman Trophy winner (and the rest of the team). [Another 1,891 attended in the afternoon, setting both session records and a one-day total of 4,994.] The Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Center was “almost at full capacity with fans sitting shoulder-to-shoulder alongside the practice field.”

The Denver Post describes one notable moment: “During seven-on-seven drills, Tebow worked in the rotation to completed a 40-yard pass to Matthew Willis on a fly route. The crowd cheered and some stood to their feet, as if the season had already begun.” There were also chants of “Te-bow! Te-bow!” during portions of the practice. In fact, “Tebow received cheers for everything he did,” according to the Post. “For walking out of the locker room, handing the ball off or tossing a short screen pass. And especially for every time he tucked the ball under his arm and ran through the Broncos’ defense.”

Two Denver players – one a fellow Florida alum and another from Georgia – had their own thoughts on the festivities off the field.

“It’s darn near like Gainesville. It feels the same way,” former Gators defensive end/linebacker Jarvis Moss said. “I don’t know too many people who have fans like Tim. You can’t think of too many people who people just love like that.” Countering but still agreeing was a Bulldog. “You’ve got to think he’s the most marketable guy in the league right now so he’s definitely going to that attention. The only knock on him is he went to Florida,” cornerback Champ Bailey added.

Two BITS on Percy Harvin’s health and a fight started by Riley Cooper…
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Tim Tebow’s first day as a pro was…uneventful

Agreeing to a five-year, $11.25 million rookie contract with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow spent his first day as a professional by taking a physical, engaging in conditioning drills, sitting in meetings and speaking with reporters at the team’s Dove Valley facility on Friday – all of which he passed with flying colors.

According to The Denver Post, Tebow’s day went as follows: In the morning, he took a conditioning test that consisted of three 300-yard timed shuttle runs before joining meetings with other rookies and injured veterans. At 11 a.m., Tebow practiced for an hour, working on footwork and going through reads, before being dismissed until Sunday. However, he stayed at Dove Valley to go over what he missed from the playbook installations on Wednesday and Thursday.

And that is about all Tebow did, especially considering Broncos training camp does not officially get underway until Sunday. In regards to the questions he and head coach Josh McDaniels were asked? Nothing you have not heard before. Nevertheless, here are some of the more interesting quotes…which you can find after the break:

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QB Tim Tebow, Broncos agree on five-year deal

After missing the first two days of rookie camp while trying to reach an agreement on his initial contract, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow signed a five-year, $11.25 million deal with the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

The Broncos, who selected Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, have guaranteed the signal caller $8.7 million – $400,000 more than wide receiver Dez Bryant, the No. 24 overall pick, received. The fifth first-round pick to sign, he will report to rookie camp Friday.

Tebow’s contract has a maximum value of $33 million, a figure he can reach if he hits a number of incentives and escalators, many of which may be unlikely to attain. Escalator categories can include playing time, starting snaps, statistics, league awards, etc.

Agent Jimmy Sexton was successful in his attempt to get Tebow more in guaranteed money than Bryant and an 18.5 percent raise over the No. 25 pick in 2009.

Only two former Florida players – cornerback Joe Haden (Cleveland) and center/guard Maurkice Pouncey (Pittsburgh) – remain unsigned by their respective clubs.

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Broncos, QB Tim Tebow nearing agreement

Multiple reports coming out of Colorado on Wednesday have the Denver Broncos and former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow nearing an agreement on a five-year rookie contract.

Tebow’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, is apparently asking that his client, the No. 25 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, receive more money than wide receiver Dez Bryant (selected 24th by Dallas) – a customary request, especially for first-round signal callers.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Sexton insists Tebow receive a larger deal including higher base salaries and a more substantial signing bonus because of his position.

ESPN, The Denver Post and NFL Network all confirm that the two sides are “feverishly” working toward an agreement and that the deal is “close” to being completed. Negotiations intensified Tuesday evening and continued throughout the day Wednesday; a resolution is expected within 24-48 hours.

With the Broncos opening rookie camp on Wednesday, Werder said head coach Josh McDaniels reached out to Tebow over the phone to try and get him in on time.

“You’re missing time and you can’t afford to miss it,” McDaniels supposedly said. “You’re not going to get these snaps back.”

Fellow Denver first-round pick, WR Demaryius Thomas, is also unsigned and likely won’t be until Tebow’s deal is worked out. Training camp officially begins on Aug. 1.

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TWO BITS: Tebow praised, Beal struggles

1 » As agent Jimmy Sexton attempts to get his client under contract before training camp officially begins on Aug. 1, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos is working to accomplish at least one feat: winning over his new teammates. Outsider linebacker Darrell Reid has already noticed Tebow’s work ethic and came away impressed with what the Heisman Trophy winner has to offer.

“I’ve actually sat down with Tebow. I call him Lucky Lefty,” Reid said. “I told him, ‘I know they say you’re not as talented, your arm’s not as tremendous as his, but your work ethic reminds me so much of when I was with Peyton [Manning] in Indianapolis.’ I told him, ‘I think you’re going to do big things for us, and I can’t wait to see you get on the field.’ […] I think the thing people don’t know about him is he’s a very, very, very, very hard worker. He’s almost like a perfectionist. That’s what carries him further. Most people who end up being great, it’s because they want to be great and wind up working harder than everybody else. Whether it’s working on his throwing motion or in the weight room or running, he’s almost always the last guy out of the building. He’s a very humble kid, and he’s a proven winner who will do whatever it takes. That’s why we love him.”

2 » Competing in the championship of the AAU U-17 Super Showcase on Tuesday, Gators five-star shooting guard commitment Brad Beal (St. Louis, MO) and former Florida five-star guard commit Austin Rivers (Winter Park, FL) squared off. Unfortunately for Beal, who called it his “worst game ever” on Facebook, he finished with only 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting (1-for-5 from downtown). Rivers, on the other hand, shined with 24 points including a highlight package alley-oop dunk in the first half.

After the game, Rivers spoke with reporters and said that he does not have a favorite in his recruitment with UF, Duke and North Carolina occupying the top three spots in no particular order. “Right now I’m not leaning toward anybody and I like all schools the same,” Rivers said. “I haven’t taken any official visits yet so I don’t have any favorites over the others. But I’m really looking forward to making the visits.”

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Tim Tebow signs endorsement deal with Jockey

Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, now of the Denver Broncos, has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Jockey, the company announced Tuesday.

Tebow has agreed to serve as a Jockey spokesperson and the face of the brand beginning in July 2010. It is the third major endorsement deal his agent, Jimmy Sexton, has helped his client sign, following agreements with EA Sports and Nike.

Below are a few quotes from the company’s official press release:

“Tim is a highly gifted athlete with a positive attitude and an admirable character,” remarked Jockey Chairman and CEO Debra S. Waller. “We at Jockey see a very bright future with Tim, and believe that he is an excellent representative for the brand. Tim is genuine, smart and driven and those qualities align well with Jockey. We look forward to building a long and collaborative relationship with him in the coming years.”

“I’m excited to represent the Jockey brand and to work with such an innovative company,” said Tebow. “I’ve long been a fan and consumer of Jockey, and think they make a quality product with a great fit. I’m looking forward to a great relationship with such a respectable company.”

The No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow is set to be featured in catalog, television, print and online advertisements with Jockey. He will be a prominent part of Jockey’s new “Staycool” collection, scheduled to launch in Spring 2011.

As for his answer to the ultimate question of boxers vs. briefs?

“I go with briefs because they are more comfortable and better fitting,” Tebow said according to Darren Rovell of CNBC.

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Gator Bites for Tuesday, July 27th

From time to time, OGGOA will come across a plethora of news and notes that we wish to share with our readers. In those instances, we present a special post: Gator Bites. Enjoy.

» Former Florida Gators dazzler and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who spoke exclusively with OGGOA for an interview on Friday, is headed to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to join Congressional sponsors in support of an anti-stalking bill. Andrews, a victim of stalking herself, will appear along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) to introduce the Simplifying The Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe Act (STALKERS).

» With training camps set to begin in just a few days for the Denver Broncos, rookie quarterback Tim Tebow may end up being a hold out – something that is likely beyond his control and is in the hands of his agent. Nevertheless, The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla has put the onus on Tebow, calling a potential holdout a “dire dilemma” and one that is “destined to make folks mad,” whether it be fans or fellow players. Fact is, Kiszla is simply trying to paint Tebow as imperfect in this piece…which is true for everyone. Should he not be at camp on day one, he will be shortly after, as Tebow’s goal is to get on the field. But he does have to listen to his agent in this regard.

» The Gainesville Sun caught up with Gators four-star athlete De’Ante “Pop” Saunders on Monday. Saunders, the team’s very first commitment for the 2011 signing class, reaffirmed his desire to play in Gainesville, FL, after he was recently seen wearing Florida State gear. “They were giving me [a hard time] about wearing a Florida State helmet because I didn’t bring my helmet,’ he said. “That’s all it was. I forgot to bring mine and that’s all they had. I’m still here. I’m still Florida.” Saunders plans to enroll early.

» OGGOA has learned that four-star defensive end recruit Aaron Lynch (Cape Coral, FL) is leaning toward Notre Dame and Florida State with Florida now in a distant third place. According to our source, Lynch is concerned about playing time with the Gators and has formed a solid relationship with the staff in South Bend, IN.

Seven more Gator Bites on Corey Brewer, Brad Beal, Houston Nutt, Dallas Baker, Marreese Speights and Udonis Haslem…after the break!
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