If he wears #5 he will take up a roster spot as a QB but they can line him up anywhere.
Tebow playing TE-catching passes,Lining up with back and receivers
Off the Snap: Tim Tebow spending ’99 percent’ of his time at QB in Patriots’ practices
If Tim Tebow is to make the Patriots’ roster (and, yes, it’s still an “if” proposition), he’s going to have to do so as a quarterback. Despite all the hype about Tebow possibly helping out New England at tight end, with Rob Gronkowski injured and Aaron Hernandez no longer on the team, very little in the team’s practices thus far indicates any ultra-creative usages for the ex-Jet.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported that “Ninety-nine percent of Tebow’s activity during his time with the Patriots has been spent learning to play quarterback in the team’s system,” with the lone outside venture being a short drill in which Tebow joins the skill players for a catch-and-run exercise.
“Hate to burst everyone’s bubble, but Tebow isn’t preparing to play tight end, fullback or any other position except quarterback,” Volin wrote. “As McDaniels explained on Monday, the Patriots are only including Tebow in the drill because he has the potential to be a ballcarrier as a scrambling quarterback.”
This all ties back in to the initial argument against Tebow as a tight end: He’s never been one. It may be fun to speculate on the off-the-wall ways the Patriots might employ him (as it was prior to his monotonous turn as the Jets’ backup QB), but players do not oft switch positions and thrive in the NFL.
Tom Brady’s obviously going to be the Patriots’ starter at QB, and Ryan Mallett is all but certain to hold on to his backup job. So, that leaves the No. 3 role — and little else — for Tebow.