One more game to go and I am still seeing the same issues with Justin.
He has had some solid results connecting deep, and solid results running.
But I am not seeing a ton of advancement on the nuts and bolts of being a quarterback, reading the defense, adjusting accordingly and taking what he is given.
As a matter of fact, the more I watch the more I believe the wrs know their contingencies far better than the qb.
Disclaimer-Yes, the line is poor. Yes, his wrs lack top tier athleticism.
But it is the job of the qb to get the ball out at the right time and let them earn their money.
I will sum up the problem I have with his play by giving people something to watch for.
When the defense shows blitz and comes with it, rarely does Justin take his eyes from his primary guy and go to his outlets.
He drops and moves and watches the deep route until he gets sacked, tucks and runs, or heaves it anyway.
I see time after time, week after week when he gets to the top of his drop, the short routes are looking to the backfield awaiting the check down and never get a look.
His hits and hurries are exacerbated by this.
For contrast, brady hit Evans for a 60+ yard td Sunday when he got behind the corner.
They run that route several times a game. Evans frequently gets position on his guy.
But, brady has to have the time to pull the trigger. It isnt often he has that kind of time.
Rather than throw it up for an incomplete pass under duress, brady hits his outlets and moves the chains.
That is what I am looking for. The bread and butter plays that move the chains.
Justin doesn't even give them a look. They turn back to watch him scramble around and buy time for a deep shot.
Forget the stats and just watch. I dont care if the ball clanks off the receivers chest- see how his receivers recognize their assignment in a blitz and look back for the pass. Justin will still be looking deep.
It isnt even about completion or yards. It is about recognizing what he is facing and what the playbook says he should do.
From what I see, he doesn't seem to to recognize those adjustments and react.
Until that changes, the pressure will just keep coming and the linebackers can forget about coverage and run upfield.
Just watch the games. You will see it.