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Hype hits field as Tim Tebow debuts with Jets

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CORTLAND, N.Y. | It's Tebow Time. Finally.

After months of hype, a summer highlighted by a shirtless jog through the rain and constant media scrutiny, Tim Tebow is set to make his playing debut for the New York Jets in their preseason opener against the Bengals on Friday night in Cincinnati.

"I just want to get in there, try to execute the offense and get in and out of checks," Tebow said.

Coach Rex Ryan plans to have Mark Sanchez and the starters play about one quarter, and Tebow could play about two quarters with the backups.

Tebow has worked mostly with the second-team offense throughout training camp, but took two snaps with the starters Wednesday and threw a pretty 60-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Turner. New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and the Jets have kept their plans for Tebow in their wildcat-style package mostly under wraps, unveiling only a brief look at a play or two in camp while they continue to work on his mechanics and footwork.

"I think we'll see how Tony uses him," Ryan said. "Generally, the [second team] gets extended and sometimes they play a half or two quarters, so we'll see if that's in Tony's plan or not."

Then, Ryan broke out into a smile.

"Wildcat," he said, "is something that Cincinnati needs to prepare for right now."

Which means the Bengals probably won't see much of it. Ryan said "I doubt" Tebow will get any snaps with the first-team offense Friday night.

Tebow has worked as the punt protector on special teams throughout camp.

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