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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods opens up about return to golf; Bills OL Seantrel Henderson suspended for NFL drug policy violation 11.30.16 at 8:02 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NBA: Indiana at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UNH at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Purdue at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Carolina at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Clemson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Butler at TCU, 1 p.m. (FSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods finally is ready to return to golf. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Tiger Woods finally is ready to return to golf. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

— After more than a year away from golf, Tiger Woods is making his return to the game at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Thursday.

Woods spoke with reporters on Tuesday and opened up about his feelings heading into the tournament. He said he struggled with the future of his career and whether or not he would ever play again while recovering from back surgeries.

“Yeah, there was a lot of trepidation and times where I did think of that, because it was realistic,” Woods said. “Not being able to get out of bed, not being able to move, how can I expect to come out here and swing a golf club at 120 miles an hour and be ballistic when I can’t even get out of bed?”

Woods said recovering from this back injury was different than recovering from past knee problems.

“When I had my knee redone and it was completely blown, I knew it was nine months [of recovery], but I knew I could come back from it. It’s not nerve damage,” Woods said. “When you’re dealing with a spine, when you’re dealing with nerves, it’s a totally different deal. There’s a lot of guys who have had injuries like that and have come back and done well and have won golf tournaments, but each individual spinal injury is different and has its own little personality.”

Woods also spoke about his sudden withdrawal from the Safeway Classic in October, saying “a few things happened” surrounding that decision.

“One, the Ryder Cup [for which he served as a vice captain] helped a lot in the sense that I got a chance to be out there with the guys and see it and feel it and experience it,” Woods said. “Two, it hurt me by not being able to practice for a week. I knew that I could play Safeway with a few shots, and I’ve played with less and I’ve won golf tournaments hitting with less shots, but I had to have everything come together.”

Woods also said he didn’t know the course well enough and “didn’t feel right about it.”

Woods will tee off at noon on Thursday in the opening round of the World Challenge.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow suffers knee injury on awkward slide; Broncos cheerleader unrecognizable in dinosaur costume 11.01.16 at 8:03 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Arizona, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NBA: Houston at Cleveland, 6 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Golden State at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Bowling Green at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Western Michigan at Ball State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Atletico Madrid vs. Rostov, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Manchester City vs. Barcelona, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions: Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Arsenal, 3:30 p.m. (FS2)

MONDAY’S RESULTS:
NFL: Bears 20, Vikings 10
NBA: Bulls 118, Nets 88
NBA: Raptors 105, Nuggets 102
NBA: Hawks 106, Kings 95
NBA: Clippers 116, Suns 98

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Tim Tebow’s fledgling baseball career has hit a snag.

The former NFL quarterback and current outfielder in the Mets organization had a rare great day at the plate during an Arizona Fall League game on Monday, but it ended badly.

After Tebow got on base in the fourth inning of his 10th game with the Scottsdale Scorpions, he was not only caught stealing but was injured on his awkward slide into second.

Tebow came up lame after the slide with a knee injury that took him out of the game.

Before his injury, Tebow had a single in the first inning and reached base in the fourth on a fielder’s choice. He is 5-for-34 on the season with one RBI and two runs scored.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Derrick Rose rape trial continues despite death of investigator 10.13.16 at 7:43 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NFL:
Denver at San Diego, 8:25 (CBS; NFL Network)
College football: North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer:
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Derrick Rose rape trial will continue after a motion to dismiss it was denied.

After Rose’s lawyers petitioned for a mistrial on the basis of the accuser deleting a crucial text, the judge, Michael Fitzgerald, ruled it is not a reason to throw out the trial. But he did rule the jury will know the accuser did not disclose all the texts in question in the correct time frame.

This continuing case was shrouded in tragedy on Tuesday when one of its investigators was found dead in her California home.

Natalie Hernandez, 44, died of gunshot wounds and her death it being investigated as a suicide. She was a detective investigating Rose’s case and it is not clear if her death is related to that case.

— Tim Tebow might actually be a miracle worker.

On Tuesday the former NFL quarterback and current Mets prospect came to the swift aide of a fan in the stands who was having a seizure. One day later he explained why he did it.

“It’s what you are supposed to do,” Tebow said prior to Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale. “In my opinion just try to in those moments try to be there for people and try to help people, because there is not a bigger, better more important thing you can do in life than be there for people in need.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Pete Carroll ‘disappointed’ after Seahawks fined, lose draft pick for OTA incident 09.20.16 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Canada vs. United States, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Finland vs. Sweden, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund at VfL Wolfsburg, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Hamburg SV at Freiburg, 2 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll

— Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he was “disappointed” with the NFL’s decision to hand out fines and take away a 2017 fifth-round draft pick as punishment for allowing excessive contact during a non-contact organized team activity in early June.

The Seahawks, who also ran afoul of the rule in 2014, were fined $400,000 and will lose a week of OTAs — for which players still will be paid — in 2017. Carroll was fined an additional $200,000.

The league said Carroll was responsible for the practices and needs to intervene when “prohibited conduct occurs.”

“We’re trying to do this really well and trying to be great at it, and I was really disappointed it came to this. But they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do,” Carroll said. “We’re going to continue to work really hard to do this really well. We practice hard around here, we always have, and we have to do it right. We’ve made strong efforts to do that, but we’re still working at it.”

Carroll said in the incident in question, on June 6, two younger players collided while pursuing the ball during a drill, causing both to be injured.

“They both got banged in the head pretty good,” Carroll said.

The league and the NFL Players Association reviewed the practice video and agreed the team violated the contact rule.

— Tim Tebow began his stint with the Mets’ instructional league team, working out with the squad in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in front of hundreds of fans.

Wearing No. 15 (the same number he wore as a quarterback), Tebow displayed some power during batting practice but also showed that he has a long way to go.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: SF police criticize Colin Kaepernick protest based on ‘false narrative’ 08.30.16 at 8:36 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Mercury at Fever, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

— Colin Kaepernick said that neither the 49ers nor the NFL have contacted him about his decision to sit during the national anthem to protest America’s race problem, but they might soon be forced to address the issue.

The president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York criticizing Kaepernick’s actions as a “total lack of sensitivity” toward police.

“I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter,” Martin Halloran wrote. “Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”

Kaepernick sat on the bench during the anthem for all three preseason games, and he said he plans to continue his protest.

Jim Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick in San Francisco for four seasons until leaving for the University of Michigan last year, said at his Monday press conference that Kaepernick that he has mixed feelings about the situation.

“I acknowledge his right to do that. I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” Harbaugh said, later clarifying on Twitter: I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he supports Kaepernick’s right to speak out, but he would be concerned about the effect on his team.

“You respect our team, our organization and the other players,” Harbaugh said. “You respect the mission that we’re on and what we’re trying to accomplish. None of us ever want us to detract or disrespect the efforts of all the other players on the football team. That’s the balance that all of us have to strike when we speak out about something like that.”

Meanwhile, Eagles rookie undrafted free agent linebacker Myke Tavarres said Monday that he also would sit during the national anthem during his team’s preseason game against the Jets this Thursday, but his agent said later that the player had changed his mind after consulting with his agent and college coaches.

“As a rookie, his goal is not to be a distraction for the Eagles,” agent Corey Williams said. “His coaches at Incarnate Word and I advised him to stand.”

— Even before his Tuesday tryout for major league teams, Tim Tebow has an offer to play baseball with an established winner.

Five-time Venezuelan Professional Baseball League champion Aguilas del Zulia reportedly sent a contract offer to Tebow’s agents Monday.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Former Red Sox pitcher impressed with Tim Tebow after practice sessions 08.26.16 at 8:36 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Royals at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Braves at Giants, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL preseason: Browns at Buccaneers, 8 p.m. (CBS)
NFL preseason: Packers at 49ers, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Hawaii at California, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Liberty at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sparks at Storm, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Bundesliga, SV Werder Bremen at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

— As he closes in on Tuesday’s showcase for major league teams, Tim Tebow has impressed at least one former major leaguer.

David Aardsma, a 34-year-old journeyman reliever who pitched for the Red Sox in 2008 and most recently played for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A team earlier this season, pitched to Tebow twice in practice sessions, and he told the New York Daily News’ Anthony McCarron that he came away believing the former quarterback has a chance with baseball.

“When I walked away, as a pitcher, I was pretty impressed,” said Aardsma, who has been working out at the same Arizona facility as Tebow, hoping to make a return to the majors. “He needs to see a lot more pitching and understand what the pitcher is watching and seeing from him and adjusting. That’s not something you know until you’re in it.

“I’d get him to instructs [instructional league], work his butt and get him to play winter league. Get him on the field every day, facing different pitchers. I would not be surprised if he’s in Double-A next year. I’d put the talent there right now.”

Aardsma said Tebow did a good job of adjusting to the right-hander’s pitches the first time they faced each other. One week later, the two again shared a field Thursday and Tebow further progressed to the point where the 29-year-old ESPN analyst took Aardsma deep.

“It actually really pissed me off,” Aardsma said of Tebow’s success against him, noting that he was throwing low-90s fastballs as well as breaking balls.

Added Aardsma: “He looked like a much different hitter today. He looked like he is midseason. He got tired at the end, but that was after a lot of work and probably 12 at-bats.”

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy acknowledged Wednesday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria that Boston will be one of the expected 20 or so major league teams at Tuesday’s workout, although he didn’t sound optimistic about it being worthwhile. Aardsma said he can see why some in baseball have doubted Tebow’s chances of succeeding in his career change, but he doesn’t rule it out.

“It’s understandable,” Aardsma said. “If I’m a scout, outside looking in, I’d say no chance. But there’s always exceptions to that rule, some people who have innate talent. What’s the risk?”

— One day after North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora confirmed that Tim Beckman had been serving as a volunteer assistant coach despite being fired from Illinois for allegedly mistreating players, Beckman announced Thursday that he was leaving because he did not want to be a distraction.

“I appreciate the opportunity Coach Fedora gave me to stay connected to the sport and be around one of the best staffs in the country,” Beckman said in a statement. “His willingness to help a friend was a benefit both personally and professionally. I do not wish to be a further distraction to the team or University and I will no longer serve as a volunteer at UNC. I wish Larry and the program nothing but success going forward.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former NFL QB Tim Tebow to make bid at baseball career 08.09.16 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid vs. Sevilla, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Fire at Revolution, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Women’s water polo, United States vs. Spain, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s volleyball, United States vs. Italy, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s soccer, United States vs. Colombia, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Swimming, women’s gymnastics, 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

— Tim Tebow is making another run at the pros — only this time, it will be baseball instead of football.

Tebow’s agents revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the former NFL quarterback has been working out the past year as an outfielder and plans to hold a tryout for major league teams later this month.

An all-state baseball player in Florida who hit .494 as a junior, Tebow has not played a full baseball season since his senior year of high school in 2005.

“Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” Tebow’s football agent, Jimmy Sexton, told Schefter.

“Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”

Tebow, who turns 29 Sunday, has been working as an analyst for ESPN, and he is expected to remain in that role during his baseball bid.

The Heisman Trophy winner as a sophomore at Florida in 2007, Tebow played for the Broncos and Jets before signing with the Patriots in 2013, but he never made it out of training camp.

— Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib practiced Monday for the first time since suffering a gunshot wound to his right leg on June 5 in an incident at a Dallas bar.

Taleb, who missed the first 10 days of training camp, was limited in practice, participating for about 35 minutes, but was excited to return to the field.

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Tim Tebow among sports figures to speak at Republican National Convention next week 07.14.16 at 10:11 am ET
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Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

At one point, there were rumors of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger would be speaking at this year’s Republican National Convention.

There will be a quarterback there, but it’s not either of the aforementioned two.

It’s former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

The Heisman Trophy winner, now an analyst on ESPN, has always been known for his ultra-conservative views. Now he is now scheduled to speak on night four of the convention, set to take place in Cleveland July 18-21, per a list released by the New York Times.

Tebow has not played an NFL game since 2012, and was released from the Eagles following the preseason on Sept. 5 of 2015, but that has not kept him out of the limelight. This could very well be a jumping off point of a different avenue for the 28-year-old, who has even toyed with the idea of a political career down the road.

In an interview on Fox and Friends on March 29, when asked about a political career, Tebow said: “It’s been crazy, hasn’t it? It’s been a whirlwind watching everything. You know, I don’t know in this time in my life, but if there’s a chance you can make a difference some day in something, then that would be intriguing.”

Other athletes set to speak include golfer Natalie Gulbis and UFC President Dana White.

Gulbis has been an outspoken supporter, most noticeably when she penned “The Donald Trump I Know, by Natalie Gulbis,” which ran on Golf.com on June 2.

White, who was just involved in the record-breaking 4 million dollar sale of UFC, has adamantly supported Trump, starting with his appearance on TMZ Sports, where he says that he would, in fact, vote for Trump.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former tennis star James Blake mistakenly tackled, detained by NYC police 09.10.15 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Steelers at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
College football: Southern at Mississippi Valley State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former tennis star James Blake’s visit to New York for the U.S. Open has been memorable, but not for the right reasons.

The Harvard alumnus, who is black, was mistaken for an identity theft suspect, and he was tackled and handcuffed Wednesday until police realized they had the wrong man.

The 35-year-old Blake, who once was ranked fourth in the world, was standing on front the Grand Hyatt hotel on East 42nd Street and texting while waiting for a ride to the Open, where he was making a corporate appearance. That’s when he saw a man charging at him.

“Maybe I’m naive, but I just assumed it was someone I went to high school with or someone who was running at me to give me a big hug, so I smiled at the guy,” Blake told the New York Daily News.

Blake said the plainclothes officer never identified himself. He was released after a former police officer recognized Blake and told the handful of arresting officers of their mistake. Blake said he never got an apology from the individual who threw him to the ground.

“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” Blake said. “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday night there will be an investigation.

“The nature of what he described is not what we do, not what we’re supposed to do,” Bratton said. “I will not tolerate any type of excessive use of force on the part of my police, but as always, we have that saying, the first story is never the last story.”

— Jets coach Todd Bowles had some advice for Brandon Marshall after the receiver’s comments on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” that race played a role in Tom Brady‘s Deflategate suspension reversal: “Be smarter.”

“I think his opinion is well-warranted in what he said,” Bowles said Wednesday. “I’m sure you have cases back when I played. I’ve seen some things, just like he’s seen some things but I’m not on that platform. He is, and he’s got to be smarter.”

Added Bowles: “Yeah, he does have to be smarter. He expressed his opinion. I have no problem with it, I’d just like him to be smarter going forward, that’s all.”

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Mark Sanchez takes back Tim Tebow comments 06.02.15 at 9:36 am ET
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After the Eagles signed Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez called the former Patriot and Jet a “camp arm.” Now, he has taken back these comments, calling them misleading.

“I think that kind of came off the wrong way,” Sanchez said, via ESPN. “At least it was not exactly what I intended to say. It took on a life of its own. Listen, everybody’€™s here for a reason. We’€™re all working hard, trying to make each other better. Coach wanted specific guys here for specific reasons. That’€™s up to coach. We just plug in and play.”

Despite the negativity of the comments directed at him, Tebow has nothing but good things to say about his teammate.

“We had that relationship for a year,” Tebow said. “I think it’€™s deeper, it’€™s more evolved. I think it’€™s a good relationship. I have a lot of respect for him. I think you just try to make each other better.”

Sanchez deemed Tebow as “another guy to throw,” and he’s not very far off. Tebow will compete with Matt Barkley for the third-string job, while Sanchez will challenge new addition Sam Bradford for the top spot on the depth chart.

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