According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets have informed No. 2 quarterback Tim Tebow that they intend to use him as the punt protector on special teams.
Surely that line will illicit some snickers, but it's actually a very shrewd move by the Jets and a potential coup for special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff.
Under Westhoff, the Jets ranked fourth
in Football Outsiders' special teams DVOA in 2011 and, despite going with rookie T.J. Conley, their punt coverage
unit ranked fourth behind the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and
San Francisco 49ers. With No. 15 lined up five yards behind the long-snapper, ready to intercept the snap and run or throw a pass for a first down, opposing special teams units will have divert time and resources planning and guarding against the constant threat of a fake punt.