Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett isn’t really known to throw deep passes very often. He is much more comfortable throwing short passes and working the ball down the field.
This isn’t to say, however, that he can’t throw the deep ball. A lot of people have been criticizing him about rarely taking shots down the field and he has heard them.
Cleveland.com shared a video of him at practice being asked about throwing deep passes and he went on a rant about it. He said that he was tired about hearing that he can’t throw down the field like his counterpart and the man he took over the starting job from, Cardale Jones.
“We talked so much about the deep ball when Cardale (Jones) was the starter. We know you can throw it, too. How much do you want that to be part of the offense and how much do you need it to be part of the offense?”
Fans have to realize that Jones and Barrett are two very different quarterbacks. From the way they play to their size, it’s a different game when each one is in.
Note: Jones is six-foot-five, 250 pounds and Barrett is six-foot-two, 225 pounds. Huge difference.
Some people have even said that Barrett doesn’t want to take shots because of his shoulder. He injured it last year against Michigan which knocked him out for the rest of the season.
“Nothing changed when I got hurt. Cardale was throwing the balls to Devin Smith, who was a great deep ball catcher, so it was nothing different. And same thing this year. We didn’t have new plays in so Cardale could throw the ball farther down the field. It was our base plays and he just worked within it. So nothing’s changed. I even forgot about your question. I wanted to say that for a long time, I’m going to be honest with you.”
The way I see it is whatever works should stay. If Barrett is leading his team to success by not taking unnecessary shots down the field, then let him.
Now that Barrett has spoken out against the critics, I wouldn’t be surprised if we do see him take a big shot next week against Minnesota.
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