New York Jets coach Rex Ryan flip-flopped on Tim Tebow's possible role in Monday night's game against the Tennessee Titans.
Ryan told reporters Friday that Tebow may serve as a personal protector on punts and might see action in the Wildcat formation on offense. Earlier in the week, Ryan said Tebow would not perform those functions.
Ryan changed his mind after watching Tebow practice Friday.
"I think I said he won't do personal protecting and all that stuff," Ryan said. "Well, he actually got a couple reps there, more mental things, but he moved around great. This is the best he's looked in several weeks. So we'll see about (what he'll do). There could be a chance that he does Wildcat. We'll see. He moved around that good that we may get him back in similar roles."
Tebow has been recovering from fractured ribs. Ryan said Tebow has been cleared to play and has finally showed enough improvement to actually play a role in a game. Tebow will probably not have an X-ray on his ribs before the game.
One question is whether Tebow is ready to take a hit or not since there is no hitting in practice.
"Just looking at the way he's throwing the football (and how) he's moving. Before it was kind of like, you could almost tell that he wasn't real sure," Ryan said. "Now it's, I can't see a visible difference from at the start of the year to right now. So that's why, again, I just want to say that if he continues to look like this and even improve, then maybe we can have him in a similar role."
The Jets can climb to .500 with a win over the Titans.