Tim Tebow to make his NFL debut against Raiders

DENVER - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow  of the Denver Broncos runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

It’s official: Wonder Boy will make his first career NFL start on Sunday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Tim Tebow wills tart for the Broncos against the Raiders in Week 15. Regular starter Kyle Orton has been dealing with arm and rib issues and wasn’t able to practice all week. It was apparent on Friday that Orton wasn’t going to be available.

Tebow completed 25-of-39 pass attempts for 344 yards, two touchdowns and three turnovers in preseason. If he does, look for the Broncos to keep it on the ground against the Raiders’ No. 26 run defense and take the pressure off Tebow’s shoulders. That said, if Oakland jumps out to a big lead and forces Denver to throw, it would be interesting to see how Tebow responds.

Even though expectations should be kept low, this will be a great opportunity for Tebow to show what he can do on film. Josh McDaniels believed he could develop into a starting NFL quarterback, but many others had their doubts. Whoever the next head coach is in Denver will have to be a believer too and if Tebow turns in a good performance on Sunday, he’ll have the film to prove that he can be a starter.

But again, it’s only his first start. If he has command of the huddle and can move the ball a little, that’s all that can be expected of him.

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