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With Brady at quarterback and Belichick adept at handling distractions, Tebow’s profile was much lower in New England.

“First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity,” Tebow said after his first practice. “I’m looking forward to working hard every single day and getting a lot better and learning under some great people. So that’s all I got, but thank you all so much and God bless. I’m sure we’ll be talking more soon.”

The Patriots limited the attention on Tebow that day by allowing him to speak for just 40 seconds and to take no questions.

He was praised this week by Belichick and Kraft, but neither gave an indication of whether he would make the team.

“I learned very early on in my career at Florida to worry about what I can control and the things that I can’t control I’m not going to spend time worrying about,” Tebow said Monday. “But I can control my attitude, my focus every single day and those are the things that I’m going to worry about.”

In three exhibition games, he completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards and ran 16 times for 91 yards.

Tebow was drafted by Denver in the first round with the 25th overall pick in 2010. He started the last three of the nine games he played as a rookie then didn’t start again until the sixth game in 2011. He was 7-1 in his first eight starts in the regular season before losing the last three. But in the wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he and Demaryius Thomas connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for a 29-23 win.

But six days later, Tebow completed just 9 of 26 passes for 136 yards in a 45-10 loss to the Patriots.


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