Tim Tebow unsure if he’ll play in exhibition opener

Will Tebow Time in New England officially begin Friday night when the Patriots face the Eagles in the exhibition opener?

The team is playing coy, of course. Bill Belichick has not said how he plans to use his quarterbacks, or whether Tom Brady or Tim Tebow will even play. The Eagles announced Thursday that Michael Vick will start against the Patriots, and that Nick Foles will start their second preseason game.

All that is clear is that Ryan Mallett figures to get a lot of action Friday night. After Thursday’s walk-through practice, Tebow said he’s not even sure he will get in the game.

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“I don’t know, it’s not something we’ve really talked about,” he said.

According to Tebow, Belichick told him, “Just be ready when your number is called.”

Tebow, though, did say that he feels he’s made a lot of progress through two weeks of training camp.

“I feel like I’m getting better every single day,” he said. “More comfortable with the offense, better timing with everybody around me, better understanding of what the coaches want me to do and with the offense, with the reads, with the timing.”

“So it’s just every day trying to get a little bit better, and it sounds cliché, but it’s true. That’s really what I’m focused on, and I know it’s something that hopefully I’ve been able to accomplish.”

Tebow said he has enjoyed reuniting with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was the Broncos head coach when Tebow was drafted by Denver in 2010.

“It’s been great,” he said. “We’ve had a great relationship, and being back with him, he’s so smart with the game – coaching quarterbacks, coaching offense. And just being around him and talking ball is a lot of fun.”