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“If you look throughout our league now, you’ve got Tim with New England, (tight end) Dustin Keller in Miami and (defensive coordinator) Mike Pettine and Co. in Buffalo, so there’s a lot of my former guys throughout the league,” Ryan added. “(Running back) Shonn Greene in Tennessee, who we’re going to go up against (too). With that, I’ve always wished those guys the best.

“Unless they play against us, obviously.”

The last time Tebow threw a pass in Foxborough, Denver lost in the divisional playoff round to the Patriots 45-10 in the 2011 season. He completed 9 of 26 passes for 136 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and five sacks in that game and gained 13 yards on five rushes.

When he was traded to the Jets with great fanfare in March 2012, there was speculation he might replace Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback. But when Sanchez struggled, he was replaced by Greg McElroy late in the season. Tebow threw only eight passes all year and played primarily as the protector for the Jets’ punter.

Tebow’s presence on the team and absence from the field fed a media frenzy in New York.

The spotlight will be dimmer in Foxborough where Belichick tightly controls which players can talk to the media and what they can say. When they go beyond those limits, Belichick sometimes forbids them from talking with reporters.

But does Belichick need any advice from Ryan on how to handle Tebow?

“Oh, please, he’s not going to listen to me, and he shouldn’t,” Ryan said. “He’ll just do what he does, and that makes sense.”

Former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist sees the logic in the Patriots’ decision to bring Tebow 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.”

The Patriots run a complex offense and Tebow had trouble grasping the strategy in Denver. But the presence of McDaniels could help him.

“If there’s one guy in the NFL who’s a fan of Tim Tebow or pulling for him, it would be Josh McDaniels,” said former Jets and Patriots offensive lineman Damien Woody, now an ESPN analyst.

“I think they’ll take their time developing him,” Woody said. “The Patriots are one of those teams that like to develop guys, and they’ll even trade them if it works in their favor. In the more immediate future, having played in New England, I know one thing they value is versatility. They’re going to try to use Tebow in positions where they feel they can maximize his talent.”

As an NFL rookie in 2010, Tebow threw just 82 passes in nine games, starting three.

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