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Mark Sanchez outranks Tim Tebow in Madden ’13

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When Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets in mid-March, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan made it clear that Tebow came in as the backup and the team's Wildcat quarterback. The Madden video game franchise concurs.

In the latest edition of the game, Tebow is listed as the Jets' backup and has a limited role in the offense behind incumbent starter Mark Sanchez. Last season with the Denver Broncos, Tebow finished with a 46.5 completion percentage, the lowest of any starting quarterback in the league. He's been bashed for his elongated throwing motion and has been labeled as a gimmick.

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Yahoo! Sports has learned that in Madden NFL  '13, Tebow is ranked as the No. 32 out of 112 players at the position.

"Tim Tebow finished in Madden NFL '12 as a 77 OVR (overall ranking) and he starts out Madden NFL 13 as a 77 as well," Donny Moore, the Madden NFL Ratings Czar, tells Yahoo!Sports. "Tebow's "Deep Accuracy" numbers have increased from last season and his "Carry" rating has lowered based off of his 2011 season metrics."

There's a great divide among NFL fans about whether Tebow is a NFL caliber quarterback. No one doubts his athleticism but his mechanics are raw and he will never be confused as a pocket passer. As such in a game like Madden that promotes a more traditional approach to the game, Tebow can be penalized.

His ranking of a "77 OVR" reflects an improvement in his passing game and less emphasis on being a running quarterback as part of his maturation.

A look at Sanchez, the Jets starting quarterback versus his backup Tebow, per their ranking in Madden NFL '13:

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