I think any team would be thrilled to have him as a #3 quarterback. And give credit to Mike Brown, who traded only a 7th round pick to acquire him. However, he's had a little time to get comfortable with the first team offense, and the Bengals are still going nowhere on offense. I was just wondering what you all think of him.
I think his accuracy is above average unless he's throwing for 20+ yards. He's completing a respectable 62.9% of his passes.
The swiss cheese offensive line isn't his fault, but he still tries to run with the ball a little too often. It's better than forcing throws that result in interceptions, though. He's made some mistakes that weren't taken advantage of, and overall, I'm not impressed with his decision making. In some respects, he's practically a rookie, so I expect a big improvement from him there at some point.
He averages 5.00 yards per attempt. That is, by far, the worst in the NFL. Once again, it's not completely his fault--without a run game, the field doesn't open up much--but I think his physical tools, which have always been the knock against him, really limit him. In fact, his longest completion is an embarrassing 26 yards. And only Jeff Garcia and Matt Hasselbeck have a lower touchdown percentage.
Anyway, I'd grade him at a C+. He hasn't hurt the team in many situations, but he hasn't helped too much either aside from an occasional scramble. He's kind of a typical care-taker quarterback, but I think he could be an average quarterback if the offensive line were more adjusted to his style of play.