Hasselbeck understands Titans’ interest in Manning

NFL: Matt Hasselbeck understands why the Titans tried to sign Peyton Manning, and plans to move on, taking care of what he controls.

That includes building off his first season in Tennessee.

Hasselbeck (pictured above) made his first public comments Thursday since Manning chose Denver. He said he has a ton of respect for Manning and expected there would be interest in the four-time NFL MVP when Tennessee was reported as a possible suitor.

“I just sort of expected that because … who he was in the state. I get it. It wasn’t a shock to me,” Hasselbeck said.

Hasselbeck said he went through a similar change himself a year ago when the Seattle Seahawks moved on without him.

Associated Press

Tebow adds mystery to Jets

NFL: Each time Tim Tebow steps on the field for the New York Jets, defenses will know what to expect.

Well, the unexpected, of course.

The versatile and elusive quarterback with the flair for dramatic victories was acquired Wednesday from the Denver Broncos and will give the Jets’ offense a boost – for at least a few snaps a game.

“Instead of a team just preparing for our base offense, they will have to prepare for what we do and what we may do,” coach Rex Ryan said at LSU’s pro day in Baton Rouge, La.

Tebow, who arrived at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J., for the first time Thursday, won’t start as he did in Denver, not with New York committed to Mark Sanchez.

“They want me to come in and compete and get better, and get better as a quarterback and to help the team any way possible,” Tebow said.

“Whatever that role is, I will do my best every time I step on that field and give my heart and soul.”

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