Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer
QB Sam Darnold and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates are catching some flak for not trying enough deep passes. In fact, Darnold is attempting them at a higher rate than Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff and Drew Brees, among others, per ESPN Stats & Information. (Below: Darnold's pass plot.) It's not always about distance; there are other ways to be aggressive, such as throwing on first down to keep defenses off balance. That certainly wasn't the case against the Browns.