While a good chunk of the country is still questioning Tim Tebow's ability as a quarterback, the Jets' backup quarterback should be happy to know that his head coach would be completely confident if he was forced into the starter's role.
"The guy is a physical presence," Jets coach Rex Ryan said on the Dan Patrick Show Monday. "He's 250-something pounds. He's a rock back there. I think that he's throwing the ball with more accuracy -- the numbers will say that. We chart every pass and everything else. He's been more accurate. I think he's picked up the system pretty well.
"The best thing he does, one of the great things he does, he can put that ball down underneath his arm and run with it. Obviously when you don't have pads on or anything else, you don't see that yet, but that's something that he can do well."
It will be a preseason full of learning experiences for Tebow. Aside from learning a new offense, he also will have to become accustomed to being the team's personal punt protector. Ryan thinks Tebow will handle it just fine.
"It's going to be hard for teams to rush the punter when you always have that threat," Ryan said. "With Tim back there, he can throw it, he can run it. It's gonna put your antenna up there. You're not gonna be able to rush the punter the way you've done.
"You can say, 'People are gonna run him over.' That's fine. He's 255 pounds. He's going to give it out as well as he gets it."
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NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.
Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.
The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.
NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:
"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."
Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.
Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.
The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.
Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.
Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.