MMQB: Devin Gardner Sees Trust Building Between Patterson and Peoples-Jones

Former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner joins Inside the Huddle’s Michael Spath to break down Saturday's game.

QB Shea Patterson has a receiver he can rely on in Donovan Peoples-Jones, Devin Gardner shared on WTKA Monday. You can hear all three segmentshere,hereandhere.

Devin Gardner on Shea Pattersons standing in the pocket to make throws:

****That was impressive. Not only is that good for us on that play, but for the future, for camaraderie of the team, and just the team knowing weve got a guy thats going to fight for us and doesnt care what happens. Hes going to give it everything he has.

"Thats so important for the team and moving forward when we play this Big Ten schedule thats very tough. Im excited to continue to see him develop and like I said in the beginning, the development that hes showing is amazing. Hes really getting comfortable back there. He sat in there and he delivered a ball.

"People are going to say inferior competition,' theyre going to keep saying that, but thats a 300-pound man, a 295-pound man, that hit him right in the face, so I dont care what team he plays for. Kudos to him for making sure that hes letting everybody know I can roll left, I can roll right, Ill stand in the pocket, Ill take a shot. Im excited about that.

Gardner on the art of the deep ball and a back0shoulder touchdown to Peoples-Jones:

The deep ball as a whole, when its throwing fades, or youre throwing a deep go down the field, the key is you want your receiver to see it first. If your receiver gets a chance to see the ball before the [defensive back] does, theyre at an advantage. Now, instead of a 50/50 ball, its 80/20, 70/30 depending on how good your receiver is. The fact that hes able to get the ball up, get it high, so the receiver can see it first is phenomenal.

"The back shoulder in the end zone was very well placed. A lot of people think the back shoulder is a called play. Its not a called play. Its a reaction by the receiver and the quarterback. Thats why its so impressive. We have to see that at the exact same time and execute the play, and they did a great job of it.

"Donovan Peoples-Jones felt like he wasnt going to get to the back of the end zone, Shea saw that, he put it on his back shoulder, and the rest is history.

Gardner on Pattersons performance:

He played well. He threw the ball well in every way. Theres not much you can point to and say, man, I wish hed do this better right now. Hes playing really well. Hes going into the game and leaving the game with like, two or three incompletions, four incompletions. Thats a lot to ask and hes doing it flawlessly. His yards per completion Im pretty sure was up. I dont know exactly what it was, but it was pretty high. Hes doing well.

Gardner on the flaws of the completion percentage statistic:

I think completion percentage is well overvalued a lot of the time because the completion percentage doesnt take into account when he makes a great play and throws the ball away. Thats an incompletion, even though it shouldnt be. You shouldnt get marked down for making a phenomenal play on 2nd down when its going to be a 15-20 yard sack and you throw it to the third deck. Thats why I think incompletions and completion percentage is kind of overrated. You can also pad your completion percentage by doing a little shovel pass. I dont think you should get yards for that, but you do.

"What is the eye test? Is he playing well or is he not?

Gardner on Pattersons first-quarter interception:

Is Shea completely absolved from the blame? Absolutely not. But is it his fault? Hes getting a guy to come back, the tight end sees him, so theres no mistake there, and then [TE Sean McKeon] stops as if hes not being covered.

"And at this point, its just a trust factor, ok, Ive thrown you the ball a few times, you didnt jump to get the one last week, the week before, I was intercepted and you didnt fight for me. Im pretty much playing perfect at this point and I throw an interception.

"Its not like McKeon meant for it to happen. Its just the football awareness you have to have.

"Sheas weighing the option, ok, I throw this ball, its either going to be a completion to my receiver or its going to be an incomplete pass because its going to be bang-bang, theyre going to hit at the same time. The tight end makes it where its not going to be either of those. Its going to be an interception and thats frustrating for a quarterback and Im pretty sure the receiver was equally frustrated.

Gardner on Peoples-Jones' crossing route touchdown:

That play was designed to get [Peoples-Jones] the ball. Youve got guys running off the coverage and then youve got the play action and then youve got [Peoples-Jones] coming underneath from the other side of the field. Hes one of our better receivers and the coaches have made a point to continue to try to get him looks.

Gardner on the trust between Patterson and Peoples-Jones:

You throw three completions to [Peoples-Jones] and its three touchdowns. That creates a sense of, I can trust this guy. Now, when youre off-schedule, youre like, wheres Donovan? Youre rolling out, youre doing your thing, wheres Donovan? Im going to give him a chance because hes going to make the play. Thats when the comfortability comes, and it turns into, now Im looking for him, where is he? I know he ran this route. He should be in this area.'"

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