- Associated Press - Monday, August 13, 2012

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Shhh! The New York Jets worked on the wildcat.

Yes, Tim Tebow was involved, of course. And the elusive backup quarterback felt pretty good doing it.

As for other details, though, they’re off limits. That qualifies as top-secret information around these parts.

“We put a couple of wildcat plays in there and I think that was good,” coach Rex Ryan said Monday. “It just kind of gives you a different look out there.”


The practice was the first in which the Jets extensively worked with the wildcat package with Tebow in front of the media during training camp. But it was closed to the public, and the media _ per team rules _ were restricted from reporting specifics about how the Jets used it and with what personnel.

“Well, it’s fun,” a smiling Tebow said when asked if it was nice to finally practice the tricky scheme. “Anytime you get the opportunity to go out there and run around a little bit and play football, it’s always fun.”

So, Tim, what particular type of football were you playing out there?

“Umm,” Tebow said, “I just played the football that they asked me to play.”

Get the picture?

The Jets (No. 17 in the AP Pro32) don’t want any of their plans for Tebow to leak out to opponents because they want to maintain an element of surprise during the season.

“It’s part of our scheme and strategy,” starting quarterback Mark Sanchez said. “Can’t divulge those details.”

It made for a humorous scene as a smiling Sanchez deferred to offensive coordinator Tony Sparano at the mere mention of the wildcat offense. He laughed when it was suggested that reporters should talk to third-string quarterback Greg McElroy, who took some flak in the offseason for being outspoken about the problems in the team’s locker room last season.

“We’ll get a couple of clips on him and attach him to a car battery,” Sanchez joked, “and rev that thing if he gets squirrely.”

On Monday, the Jets unveiled the wildcat with just the offense on the field during a walkthrough period, and later ran it with the defense out there in team drills. New York didn’t use it at all in its preseason-opening loss at Cincinnati last Friday, and there’s no guarantee the Jets will run it against the Giants on Saturday night. But starting Sept. 9 against Buffalo in the regular-season opener, there could be plenty of Tebow and the wildcat.

“I trust Coach Sparano with it and however he thinks the best way to use it is, that’s what we’ll do,” Sanchez said. “I know the entire offense has full faith in him, and we’re excited about the scheme.”

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