How Tebow fits Patriots' offense

Tim Tebow is heading to his third team, the New England Patriots. How will he be used? Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

Just days after Bill Belichick told me that a report stating he "hated" Tim Tebow was "completely untrue," the Patriots' head coach decided to sign the free-agent quarterback, according to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

The idea of Tebow signing with the Patriots was a popular topic of debate since he was released by the New York Jets earlier this offseason, as Belichick has previously spoken highly of Tebow's strengths as a player and Josh McDaniels, the Patriots' offensive coordinator, was the man responsible for drafting Tebow in the first round in 2010 as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

The move qualifies as a minimal-risk transaction, and it should not be a foregone conclusion that Tebow even makes the 53-man roster. The Patriots, of course, have Tom Brady under contract for five more seasons, have an offense perfectly suited to his strengths (that consistently ranks as one of the NFL's best) and have a promising backup in Ryan Mallett. Consider as well that the Patriots have carried just two quarterbacks in two of the past three seasons, meaning Tebow will very much have to earn his way onto the roster. (And remember that the Patriots have done this before: Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth, etc.)

But now that Tebow is on board with the Patriots, the question that many will ask is how he fits with his new team if he does in fact stick around.

Here are three ways that Tebow could fit with the Patriots.