http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap10...ebow-doesnt-play-in-new-england-patriots-loss Tim Tebow doesn't play in New England Patriots' loss Tim Tebow didn't see the field Thursday night, which naturally leads to questions about his future with the New England Patriots. Quarterback Tom Brady played the entire first half of a 40-9 loss to the Detroit Lions, with backup Ryan Mallett taking over for the final two quarters. Asked why Tebow was kept out of the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick kept it simple. "Because we played two quarterbacks," he said. "You prepare yourself and be ready for whenever your number is called," Tebow told ESPNBoston.com after the game. "There's nothing else to it." Tebow's blank stat line won't help his chances of making the team, but neither did going 1 for 7 for negative yardage with an interception in last week's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Plenty of third-string quarterbacks see little or no playing time in the critical third week of the preseason. Next week's August finale against the New York Giants will decide his fate. That is, if Tebow survives Tuesday's cuts from 84 to 75 players. You make an NFL team with your play. Undrafted receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is a perfect example of how the preseason -- really, the entire offseason process -- rewards talent. Thompkins has earned a spot because his production has popped out on tape for months. Tebow's a story line because he's Tebow, but he's struggled to move the ball against backups. Belichick -- not a sentimental creature -- has but 53 spots to give. Tebow has one more game to prove he's worth one. -------------------- I doubt Tebow will make the Pats' final roster. As long as he's not willing to switch to TE he won't find playing time in the NFL. If he gets cut and agrees to play the tight end position, I'd pick him up in a heartbeat. MBennett & Tebow could be a powerful duo imo. Honestly I'd rather have Tebow taking up a roster spot than Hester.