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The Jets are only installing the base offense right now, so there has been no work on the wildcat packages Tebow will be involved in during the season. But Tebow was used as the personal protector on the punt unit during special teams drills, something he started earlier in the week -- for the first time in his football career.
"It's definitely that I'll try to get used to," he said. "It's unique, but it's fun. I had a good time out there."
Ryan insists he has no concern about potential injuries that could occur by using Tebow on special teams. Well, at least to his backup quarterback.
"They're going to line up, and they're going to come after Tebow," Ryan said. "I can tell you one guy that's not afraid of it, and that's Tim Tebow. And I'm not afraid of it either. What he can help us with, being that personal protector on the punt team, is, `Are you sure you really want to rush that punt?' If it is fourth-and-6 or 7, are you sure you really want to rush it, because we may fake it."
It appears Tebow is also having a lot of fun in the locker room. As he walked into the room and the pack of reporters and camera crews surrounded him at his locker, several teammates started yelling, "Teee-bohttp://www!"
"It's fun," Tebow said, laughing. "It's good. Absolutely."
Then, a few even busted out into chants of "Lo-lo! Lo-lo!" -- a reference to Lolo Jones, the U.S. Olympic hurdler who recently told HBO's "Real Sports" that she doesn't believe in premarital sex, something she has in common with Tebow and prompting some to suggest that the two link up.
Jones even weighed in on the banter, writing on her Twitter page: "Ask Tebow if he wants a glass of milk. If he says yes, ask him if he prefers chocolate. If he says no, then no more Tebow date suggestions."
Ryan is happy to see all the joking around among his players, a departure from the tension that helped sink the Jets' season last year. But he and Sanchez know the season is still a few months away, and there's plenty of work to do.
"It's a new experience, but I have plenty to draw on -- the ups and downs, highs and lows of a season and understanding that this is a marathon, not a race and don't get caught up in who completed what ball and who didn't," Sanchez said. "Don't let your mind even go there. It's not worth it. It's a waste. Just focus on the next play and have a short memory."
NOTES: S LaRon Landry has not attended OTAs, which are voluntary. He is still recovering from an Achilles injury, and CB Darrelle Revis said the team was told Landry "has family issues and that was that. I didn't get any other insight on that and I haven't talked to him. Once he gets back from his family issues, he'll be on board for us." WR Santonio Holmes is in Germany with other NFL players in support of U.S. troops. The Jets also said CB Antonio Cromartie was spending time with his family. ... LB David Harris didn't participate with a calf issue that Ryan called "minor."
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