AP Source: Tebow to Sign With Patriots

In this Dec. 17, 2012, file photo, then-New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before an NFL football game in Nashville. In this Dec. 17, 2012, file photo, then-New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before an NFL football game in Nashville.
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Tebow would need to show great improvement in his throwing mechanics and his ability to read defenses and run the offense.

After winning the Heisman Trophy and two national championships at Florida, Tebow threw just 82 passes in nine games, starting three, as a rookie. In 2011, he started 11 games, throwing for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions and taking the Broncos to a wild-card win over Pittsburgh before an AFC divisional loss to New England, 45-10 in Foxborough. He completed 9 of 26 passes for 136 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and five sacks in the rout, gaining only 13 yards on five rushes.

He was traded to New York after that season when Denver signed Peyton Manning. Tebow threw just eight passes for the Jets, completing six, ran 32 times for 102 yards and was used mostly to protect the punter.

Former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist sees the logic in the Patriots' decision to bring him to minicamp.

"If you can find a club that's mature enough to handle it as an organization, then you're going to find the right spot for him," Sundquist said. "What I mean by that is all the media mania and that sort of thing. The club says, 'Look, this is the reason we're bringing him on. We feel he can bring X, Y, Z and A, B, C to the table.' Explain it to Tim, explain it to the media, explain it to your fan base and explain it to your organization."

That's the way the Patriots operate. Now Tebow must show he can fulfill the expectations they have for him.

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    AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed to this story.

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