Being ready won’t be an issue for Tim Tebow. (Matt Rourke / AP)

The New England Patriots open their preseason schedule tonight and with kickoff comes the official arrival of Tebow Time.

If ever Tim Tebow were going to get some playing time with the Patriots, preseason would seem to be it — not that Coach Bill Belichick or offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is tipping his hand about whether Tom Brady or Tim Tebow will play. Ryan Mallett will, that’s for sure. Tebow says he’s prepared for anything in the game against the Eagles in Philadelphia — he either hasn’t been told what his role will be or he’s gotten Belichick’s memo about saying nothing while actually speaking words.

Tebow, Brady and McDaniels (l to r) are planning ... something. (Charles Krupa / AP) Tebow, Brady and McDaniels (l to r) are planning … something. (Charles Krupa / AP)

“I don’t know,” Tebow said of the plan for him. “It’s not something we’ve really talked about.”

” ‘Just be ready when your number is called,’ ” Tebow says Belichick told him.

And that could be at any one of several positions and formations. This is about as much fun as preseason gets. Only Tebow could overshadow the debut of Chip Kelly, the Eagles’ QB battle and the return of Riley Cooper.

“I feel like I’m getting better every single day,” Tebow said (via the Boston Globe). “More comfortable with the offense, better timing with everybody around me, better understanding of what the coaches want me to do and with the offense, with the reads, with the timing.”

“So it’s just every day trying to get a little bit better, and it sounds cliché, but it’s true. That’s really what I’m focused on, and I know it’s something that hopefully I’ve been able to accomplish.”

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