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Just now, Pac said:

Multiple would-be picks dropped the last couple games but if it helps his confidence then thats cool.

In the last game most of those were on tipped balls. He has to clean that up. But a tipped ball is different than throwing into coverage.  

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3 minutes ago, Darnold's Forehead said:

Good.  However, he has played much more reserved football since coming back from his injury (which was needed.)  Now he needs to bring back his downfield throws.  Still has only 7 passing tds in 10 games.

Just speaking of the Jax game, I didn’t really see any schemed routes downfield nor’ did we have any WR’s who could successfully gain separation on them for that matter. 

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There is actually one play where the check is to the deep route for Keelan Cole and it isn’t there, so he moves on to Jeff smith on the slant. Jags covered deep often last Sunday. Jets countered with short passes and runs. 
 

there was really no need to go deep - especially if the play wasn’t there.

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28 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

more tidbits

Makes sense his numbers are terrible in absolute - but driven disproportionately by the Patriot game, as Bellicheck tends to do to every young QB we trout out in front of him. 

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This is very important in Zach’s development. Getting used to the speed of the game and helping him chill out. Teams can no longer only cover deep because they are doubting his accuracy in the medium/short field. He’s also proven that he can scramble if needed so they have to be more honest. Once he gets his wrs back who can actually get open the field will open up a lot for him. The bucs are down a lot of key players tomorrow so here’s hoping it’s a game similar to Darnolds packer game. 
 

edit just looked at the injury report. Still no Moore, crowder, or Davis. Back to dj montomery, mims, barrios and cole I guess sigh 

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1 hour ago, Beerfish said:

Whether people like his other stats or not this is very important and a step, cut the turnovers down and then build up other areas and progress.  Our last few flop QBs never got over that bad turnover buggaboo.

Bingo, that’s a great summary point.  It’s funny that Zach has some solid to elite traits in the more difficult parts of the position like throwing deep, escaping the pocket and throwing off platform. But doesn’t yet have some of the more basic foundational elements down such as foot mechanics and stepping up into the pocket.

Once the coaches build this better foundation, then that should allow him to take his game to a much higher level.  In pocket, out of pocket, short, medium, intermediate throws.  He’ll be adept at all and that’s why his upside is tantalizing.  Others don’t have the skills that he shows in the more complicated parts of the game.  Teams would need to plan for and defend him on so many different levels.

The big concern for many of us are the accuracy issues that he didn’t show in college.  Is the root cause mechanics, nerves, processing speed or being too much in his own head (aka the yips)?  Could be a combination.

In my opinion, the only thing that will prevent him from becoming our franchise QB is the yips.

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