With his first NFL minicamp in the rear view mirror, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow returned to Denver, CO, Monday for his first set of organized team activities (OTA) with the Denver Broncos at their Dove Valley facility.
There were “42 local and national media” at the Broncos’ first open OTA with a lot of attention paid to the four quarterbacks, according to Denver’s vice president of public relations Jim Saccomano. “Crazy interest in our OTAs which start today,” he wrote via his Twitter account. “Greatest interest I have seen since John Elway was a rookie.”
While some local columnists like The Denver Post’s Woody Paige continue to wax poetic about Tebow’s potential, others like ESPN’s
resident gasbag Rick Reilly prefer to bash Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels for his decision to draft him.
Attention, hype and potential resent from teammates have never bothered Tebow, and he proved just that during a short media availability after his workout.
“That’s not something I can control much,” Tebow said. “I think something my [teammates] will know is how hard I’ll work, and my character and what I’m all about. So I don’t think that will bother them too much, to be honest. […] I’m just coming out here and playing football just like every other rookie. I’m just enjoying it and working hard.”
Tebow was listed as the fourth quarterback on the team’s depth chart behind starter Kyle Orton and back-ups Brady Quinn and Tom Brandstater. He threw less than a dozen total passes Monday and even took some time to toss the ball back-and-forth with former Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno.
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