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Patriots owner Robert Kraft ‘rooting’ for Tim Tebow to make his team

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New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow has at least one person within the organization who wants him to be on the 53-man roster this season.

Tebow must hope coach Bill Belichick shares the same sentiment after Thursday’s preseason game.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft had his “state of the team” meeting with reporters on Tuesday, and let everyone know he would love to have Tebow as one of Tom Brady’s backups this season.

"With Tim Tebow, anyone who has met him (learns) he is a very special young man. I'm rooting for him big time," Kraft told the Providence Journal. "He's been a real joy to have around here. I see why he has such a strong national following. He's just a great, great young man.

"We're also privileged to have Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett, so I like our position. If you look around the league and see what's happening to two of the teams in our division. I just give thanks for the position we're in.'"

However, Kraft did not say he would influence Belichick’s decision.

"I know week to week you're going to be asking questions, if we don't perform up to standard, why we didn't. I think you want to make sure we have the 53 best people to help us win games during this year," Kraft said. "I'm rooting for him and I'm in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill (Belichick) make those decisions. He's got a pretty good record doing that."

Tebow will definitely need a strong performance against the New York Giants tomorrow in the preseason finale before league-mandated final cuts on Saturday.

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So far, Tebow has completed only 5-of-19 passes (26.3 percent) for 54 yards, one interception and no touchdowns this preseason. The former first-round draft pick completed only 1-of-7 passes for -1 yards and one interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 of the preseason. He did not play in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.

In other words, Tebow needs to give New England's decision-makers something to root for on-the-field tomorrow to remain in Foxboro.

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