This isn’t a knock on Tua. I assure you it isn’t. And this isn’t to acknowledge JC Jackson’s premise that Tua can’t get off his number one read and progress through other receivers like he mistakenly claimed after the game as he was dealing with PTSD from what DeVante Parker did to him during the game. Tua played a sound game and did what needed to be done to win. Was that interception a Ludacris decision? Yes, it was. Did he leave some plays on the field? Sure did and he would tell you that. But man alive, it wasn’t like Tua had a Cleo Lemon-like performance.
Still, to not just beat the Bills on Sunday but others in the future, Tua has to be able to make something out of nothing when the original play breaks down.
We love the RPOs and the pinpoint accuracy he shows when throwing the slants and I thoroughly believe that some of those slants will go the distance especially when Waddle and Fuller are on the receiving end of them. But eventually, those RPOs will be covered each way and Tua is going to have to ad-lib a bit and create something. I really think he can especially with his new frame compared to the body he was working with last year but I would like to see it a bit more. I’m not saying he has to be Mahomes or Rodgers when it comes to drawing plays up in the dirt, but using his wonderful instincts as he did in Arizona last year, needs to happen more.