Quarterback Tim Tebow had a forgettable performance Friday night. (USA TODAY Images)

When Tim Tebow hit the field in the 3rd quarter during the Patriots first home exhibition game Friday night, he was met with quite the ovation from a home crowd that was probably hoping for a little excitement to make the final half a little more interesting.

Well, Tebow made it interesting.  Just for all the wrong reasons.

He struggled from the start. On Tebow’s first two series New England’s offense went three-and-out, but it was his third series that will likely keep people talking this week.

Following a rush for no gain by running back Brandon Bolden, Tebow found himself facing a 2nd and 10 at their own 25 yard line. ¬†As we know, one of the things that head coach Bill Belichick isn’t a fan of is when one of his own players turns the ball over in their own end. ¬†However, with his team up by just seven at 25-18, Tebow¬†dropped back to throw and was looking for wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. ¬†He fired the ball downfield but overthrew him badly, with the football sailing high and right into the hands of Buccaneers defensive back Mason Robinson.

Fortunately Tampa Bay couldn’t capitalize and had to settle for a field goal, but that play more or less encapsulated a forgettable evening for Tebow.

Overall he finished 1-of-7 for -1 yards and his interception. ¬†A pretty staggering stat line for a guy who had seemed a lock to make New England’s roster. ¬†Now he may be fighting to stick around when the team makes their final cuts in the coming weeks.

After the game he told WEEI.com’s Christopher Price that right now he’s just “fighting to get better”.

Time is starting to run out, so it seems he may need to fight a little harder over these final two games if he’d like to give himself a chance to be part of this team for the upcoming season.