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Tim Tebow winning over Jets staff

The early returns on Tim Tebow out of Florham Park are positive and gaining steam.

Nobody knew what to expect when the New York Jets traded for the former Denver Broncos starter, but Tebow told reporters last week he's played exclusively under center this offseason.

"I think he can be very good," Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh told the New York Daily News this week. "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."

Tebow's work ethic is praised everywhere he goes, but his mechanics have been under fire from the minute he was drafted by Denver in 2010. Cavanaugh is focused on improving Tebow's footwork and delivery inside a clean pocket, according to the newspaper, but it's clear the Jets are happy with his play.

We lack a clear blueprint for how Tebow will be used in New York's attack. Mark Sanchez is the starter for now, with Tebow expected to be used up to 20 snaps a game in the Wildcat -- but his role could grow. We expect it to if Sanchez rediscovers his troubles from last season.

Sanchez is being asked to play the part of good company man, surrendering a large chunk of his role in the offense to make room for Tebow. So far, Sanchez has adapted with poise, at least publicly.

"I think any quarterback that plays doesn't want to come off the field," Cavanaugh said. "But that's the head coach's decision. Between (coach) Rex (Ryan) and Tony Sparano, the offense will be totally set and that will be their plan. ... If you're a really good quarterback, you understand that you want to do what's best for the team. So I don't see it being an issue."

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