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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Tim Tebow begins super-secret Wildcat practice with Jets. Shhh.


Tim Tebow listens to quarterback talk during the second half of the Jets’ preseason opener. (Tom Uhlman / AP)
Pssst, the New York Jets are working on their Wildcat offense. You know, the one with Tim Tebow. But .... shhhhh. Don’t make a peep.

At a closed practice with no fans and only a couple dozen media members in attendance, the Jets ran through the formation today in training camp. In accordance with team rules, media members were not allowed to describe what they saw. That did not, however, keep reporters from asking the team’s two quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, about the formation. They weren’t particularly helpful.


The guns of August. (Al Behrman / AP)
“I didn't know there would be this much interest,” Tebow said. “I don't know if it's secretive. We're running our offense and our plays and our reads. It's part of the offense for us.”

Sanchez pushed questions up the line.

“You have to talk to Coach [Tony] Sparano [the offensive coordinator],” Sanchez said. “There was a lot going on out there. Pretty intense stuff.”

Pretty intense stuff? Sounds juicy. Maybe someone else would divulge a few details?

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” running back Joe McKnight said (via the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta). “Wildcat? I don’t know nothing about the Wildcat.”

Don’t expect to see it in a preseason game. The Jets, who had previously used the formation only once in training camp before today, didn’t use it Friday night in their preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and aren’t expected to use it against the New York Giants.

“We don’t even know really what our game plans are yet,” Tebow said. "We’re just trying to execute the plays they call. Hopefully I can add something to this team, I feel like that’s why I'm here. But whatever I can do to help, I’m going to do it with all my heart.”

Just don’t talk about it too much.

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