Tim Tebow is a bigger player now than he was before. And, it's not just from being in the New York spotlight.

The New York Jets backup quarterback says Wednesday he weighs 249 pounds -- about 7-to-9 pounds heavier than last season. He adds that the team would like him to be at 250 to start the season.

Tebow wants to be "strong enough to do anything" without compromising his speed and agility. The Jets plan to use him in various roles, including in the wildcat-style offense and on special teams as the punt protector.

He will mainly serve as the backup to Mark Sanchez, but did take two snaps with the first-team offense near the end of practice.

Tebow says there was no special significance to the snaps.

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