CINCINNATI - Tim Tebow's New York Jets preseason debut showed us that The Most Popular Backup Quarterback Ever can run when he needs to and isn't afraid to take a hit or try to stick a pass into traffic.
Nothing's changed there. And nothing's changed with the Jets' plans, either. Rex Ryan has been adamant that Mark Sanchez is his starter and Tebow is his backup and situational quarterback.
In a game that means little in the big picture and would have been even more of a snoozer if not for Tebow's presence Friday night, the Jets saw Tebow bust two first-down runs, throw one beautiful pass that was dropped by its intended receiver, throw one interception in scoring territory and play as the personal protector on their first two punts. In summation, Tebow did what any good backup tries to use these preseason games to do.
He got noticed. He made his coaches remember what they like about him.
"Tim did a nice job," Ryan said. "When he steps in, he can burn you with his feet. He did...