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Quarterback Tebow getting biggest chance to secure Eagles 3rd-string job in last exhibition

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PHILADELPHIA — Tim Tebow is getting his last chance this offseason to prove he should stay with the Eagles as their third-string quarterback.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is expected to see a lot of playing time in Philadelphia's final exhibition game on Thursday against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

"It's been an awesome journey," Tebow said after Monday's practice.

Tebow, now competing with Matt Barkley for the roster spot, won a national title in college at Florida and led the Broncos to a playoff game win in 2011. But he hasn't played a regular season game since 2012 and was out of football after New England released him two years ago until Eagles coach Chip Kelly signed him this spring.

"I've seen Tim improve since he's gotten here," Kelly said Monday. "He's improved his throwing motion a great deal. ... Sequencing his throwing motion, so I think he's been more accurate."

In limited action in all three preseason games, and playing with all third and fourth-team players, Tebow has completed 10 of 19 passes for 97 yards without a touchdown or an interception. He has also run 10 times for 50 yards, with three first downs and a touchdown.

"He's had a good camp," Kelly said. "He's got another big week this week."

PHOTO: Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Tebow (11) and Green Bay Packers' Jermauria Rasco go after a fumble during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. Tebow recovered his fumble. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Tebow (11) and Green Bay Packers' Jermauria Rasco go after a fumble during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. Tebow recovered his fumble. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Tebow says he's taking his usual approach.

"Stay focused, know what you have to do and then go do it," he said. "I'm not nervous. I'm excited, but I'm always excited."

His competition, Barkley, is in his third year with the Eagles after being selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Southern California.

But don't expect the players to feud over a job.

"I consider him a good friend. He has a great family," Tebow said. "Sure we're competing, but you want to do things the right way. And opportunities and positions are never more important than character."


NOTES

Five players sat out Monday's practice with injuries. Kicker Cody Parkey (groin), linebacker Marcus Smith (hamstring), tight end Zach Ertz (groin), tackle Lane Johnson (knee) and wide receiver Riley Cooper (undisclosed). ...The Eagles roster will be at 76 players once they place rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (knee) on injured reserve and come to an injury settlement with linebacker Emmanuel Acho. That leaves them with one more roster move by Tuesday to get to the 75-man limit.


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