CORTLAND, N.Y. -- It was Tebow Time for the New York Jets in goal-line drills.
The Jets provided a small glimpse for the first time during training camp into their plan for Tim Tebow on offense Thursday, as the backup quarterback ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to Josh Baker in a four-play sequence that got the crowd at SUNY Cortland fired up.
"Yeah, I feel like I’ve done that once or twice," Tebow said with a big smile, "so it comes pretty natural. It was fun."
On one wildcat-style play, Tebow took a snap from the shotgun, quickly faked a handoff to Joe McKnight and zipped into the end zone from 2 yards out untouched on what Ryan called a faked "speed sweep." Tebow had previously only been used in regular offensive plays and as the punt protector on special teams, but Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano have said he’ll likely be used in a wildcat-style package.
"It was sort of (a wildcat play)," Tebow said. "It looks like there’s more gadgets and gizmos, but it’s really just a power play that can stretch defenses. But, with the shift and with the motion, you can really stretch the defense horizontally."
Ryan yelled to the defense before the drills that Tebow was "live" -- meaning he could be tackled if he left the pocket. Ryan said it was the first time in a practice that he made the quarterback "live," something Tebow also said he had never experienced.
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Tebow scored on the bootleg on his first play at the goal line, and then threw a short touchdown pass to tight end Josh Baker on the next. After Terrance Ganaway fumbled on the third play, the Jets (No. 17 in the AP Pro32) showed the defense a wrinkle that opponents might have to prepare for.
"Obviously, Tim, this was his best day of camp," Ryan said.
The Jets had kept their wildcat plans mostly under wraps since acquiring Tebow from Denver in March, but ESPN has been camped out all week showing live shots from practice -- including the goal-line plays Thursday. Clearly, New York has a lot more in store for Tebow and it’s likely much of that will be revealed during the regular season as the Jets game plan specifically for opponents.