According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, the 22-year-old Tebow is changing his mechanics in anticipation of his pro day at the University of Florida on March 17. The report says that Tebow, who is largely billed as a shotgun-only quarterback, has been working on making three- and five-step drops and has started holding the ball at his shoulder rather than his waist.
"I'm not changing who I am or how I approach football," Tebow told ESPN.com, "but there are things that I can get a lot better at — my fundamentals. I've never been asked to shorten or quicken my release and not have a loop in it. The changes I'm making have gone very well and it's becoming more and more natural to me."
The football world won't get a chance to see the new and improved Tebow at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, as he is opting to wait until mid-March. After going 8-for-12 for 50 yards passing and picking up just four yards on four carries with two fumbles in the Senior Bowl, the criticism of Tebow as a pro passer grew more intense. He said that the critics weren't the reason he is changing his delivery.
"I want to get better. I want to be around people who will push me. I will do anything to get better," he said. "Without hearing the criticism, I would have done it."
Tebow will undoubtedly be among the most interesting storlyines leading up to the draft. A two-time national champion, former Heisman winner, two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-SEC, Tebow is a proven winner. Yet the questions about his game won't stop coming until he can prove the doubters wrong. To do so, one of 32 teams is going to have to take a chance in April.
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