Originally posted on The Hazean  |  Last updated 6/14/12

It doesn’t really matter that Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets and sits behind Mark Sanchez on the depth chart. He’s going to play for this team in some capacity.

And that capacity is starting to become more and more clear.

Tebow has been gaining weight heading into the 2012 regular season. Normally, you wouldn’t want your backup quarterback to be that big of a guy. Think Jared Lorenzen, also known as Hefty Lefty. It’s not functional, nor is it a good look for the face of your franchise.

Tebow’s weight-gain is strategic. He’s not a great passer, but he is a great rusher in short-yardage situations. Tebow is bulking up so that he can withstand the contact he’ll assume this season as the Jets’ short-yardage and goal-line running back.

If it does indeed play out that way for Tebow, it’s terrible news for Shonn Greene. With LaDainian Tomlinson finally out of his way and no other running back to speak of, Greene was set for his make-or-break season.

But not if Tebow is stealing those all-important fantasy football touches near the goal line.

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