Why did the Patriots sign Tim Tebow in the first place?

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The Patriots cut Tim Tebow Saturday following a dismal performance in three exhibition games. The news itself was not surprising — he completed only 37 percent of his passes, threw two bad interceptions, and didn’t even get off the bench in one game.

Just having a hard time figuring out why, exactly, they signed Tebow in the first place.

What was the point of bringing in a limited passer such as Tebow to serve as the third quarterback if the plan wasn’t to keep and develop him? Why install those new option run plays for Tebow and work on them in the preseason if he’s not going to be around this fall? Couldn’t Ryan Mallett have used a few more reps in the exhibition games?

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