FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tim Tebow and Tom Brady took turns, zipping passes over the middle and lofting tosses toward the corner of the end zone.
On his first day with the Patriots, the New England newcomer was just a backup quarterback, No. 5 on his helmet and number three on the depth chart.
And when practice ended Tuesday, Tebow talked — for all of 40 seconds.
"First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity," Tebow said.
For now, that's all it is.
No promises of trick plays. No huge media circus. Not even a guaranteed job.
To coach Bill Belichick, the focus is on football. And where Tebow fits in, well, the Patriots plan to find out.
"I don't know. We'll see," Belichick said.
Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Tebow was signed for two years but no assured money. One person says he will make the veteran's minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives.
The Patriots already may be making money on their investment. The team's pro shop was taking pre-orders for jerseys with his last name — and no number — on the back. Prices ranged from $69.95 to $99.95, with free shipping.
Tebow prefers the number 15, but second-string quarterback Ryan Mallett already has it.
During practice, the three QBs worked under the close scrutiny of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in 2010 when he was the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
They all threw good spirals, although Tebow's velocity and delivery appeared to be the slowest.
Asked how much McDaniels' background with Tebow contributed to the signing, Belichick shed no light.
"I don't know," Belichick said.
About 10 minutes before the workout ended, Patriots owner Robert Kraft walked up to Tebow and shook hands. Kraft put his arm around Tebow's back and Tebow put his arm on Kraft's shoulder. They chatted for a few minutes as Tebow threw.
"It's such an honor to be a Patriot and play for coach Belichick and coach McDaniels, learn under Tom and to be a part of this great franchise and part of a very successful franchise," Tebow said. "I found that out firsthand. I lost to them several times."
Tebow then strolled off without taking questions.
Poll: Which free-agent quarterback would you most like the Vikings to sign?
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Lester||6|
|LA Angels||8||Bottom 9th Inning|
|Oakland||8||Bottom 9th Inning|
|Houston||2||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Denver||17||1st Qtr 2:38|
|Pittsburgh||2||1st Prd 9:12|
|Los Angeles||8:00 PM|
|NY Islanders||9:00 PM|
|MD-Eastern Shore||26||2nd Half|
|William & Mary||24||1st Half 9:31|
|Manhattan||16||1st Half 8:47|
|Kent State||17||1st Half 10:04|
|Ball State||8||1st Half 11:15|
|Denver||9||1st Half 8:40|
|North Dakota St||22|
|Central Mich||6:30 PM|
|Bowling Green||7:00 PM|
|St Marys-CA||8:00 PM|
|SC State||8:00 PM|
|Western Carolina||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||8:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||58|
|Pacific||64||2nd Half 0:01|
|(3) Louisville||10||1st Half 8:45|
|Marquette||19||1st Half 7:42|
|Valparaiso||10||1st Half 15:49|
|Kent State||5||1st Half 11:41|
|Miami-Ohio||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Ohio U||6||1st Half 9:51|
|American Univ||12||1st Half 9:16|
|Holy Cross||24||1st Half 7:17|
|San Jose St||6:30 PM|
|(5) West Virginia||8:00 PM|
|Air Force||9:00 PM|
|San Diego State|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|