Jets QB coach 'pleasantly surprised' by Tebow

Tim Tebow has caught the eye of New York Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, who believes the new acquisition can become "a very good" quarterback.

Cavanaugh told the New York Daily News he has been impressed with Tebow, who came in a trade in March from the Denver Broncos.

“I think he can be very good,” Cavanaugh told the Daily News. “I was pleasantly surprised when I saw him over an extended period of time . . . not just watching him play on film. I think he’s certainly got the arm strength. He has good mechanics. They’re getting better every day.”

One other aspect of Tebow's game that has impressed Cavanaugh is, not surprisingly, the quarterback's work ethic.

“He doesn’t let a day go by when he’s not focused on trying to get better at something,” Cavanaugh said. “When you’re in that role as a backup, you take every rep, every drill, every offseason practice or meeting to get better. . . . The playing time? Nobody knows how much it’s going to be. So I don’t think we worry about that.”

Tebow will continue to work as the Jets backup behind starter Mark Sanchez, but will also have a special package in game plans each week and will have other duties, such as special teams.

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