A bigger load for Tim Tebow may be on tap tonight. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

Last week, when the New York Jets lost their best offensive player, Santonio Holmes, for the rest of the season, there were calls from fans for more Tim Tebow. Tonight, they may get their wish.

Tebow, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, will have “a larger role/more reps” in the “Monday Night Football” game against the 4-0 Houston Texans. To this point, he has thrown one pass and run nine times for 38 yards in a Wildcat-like formation as the Jets have stumbled to a 2-2 record. Tebow also has been a fullback, a wide receiver and personal protector on the punt unit. But, with Mark Sanchez struggling, why not give Tebow more opportunities? This is, after all, about the time he started gaining steam last season with the Denver Broncos. What have the Jets got to lose, Gary Myers asks.

The first step: Give Tebow a series or two every game to try to find a spark for the offense. If he does well, give him more.

Ryan should threaten offensive coordinator Tony Sparano that he will lose his play-calling duties if he doesn’t finally give Tebow a significant role. The good news is Tebow might jump-start the offense. The bad news is Tebow might be productive and that could ignite a quarterback controversy that has been simmering since the Jets made the trade in March.

Of course, it’s worth the risk, because the season feels like it’s about to slip away. 

Tebow, as he always does, says only that he’s ready to go.

“I’m just ready and anxious for when my number’s called, to just try to help this team,” Tebow said. “It’s the same attitude I’ve had the whole time.”

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