2. Thompson raises the offense’s ceiling
Aside from being the best pure passer on the roster, in my opinion, Ty Thompson can also move well in the pocket and has really good size at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. He might not be your typical dual-threat quarterback, but he can tuck and run with the ball when he needs to.
Anthony Brown, on the other hand, seems to be a better runner than he is a passer and the same might be said for Robby Ashford. Jay Butterfield is a solid pocket passer, but not much of a runner.
Watching his highlights above, it’s clear that he’s a special player. He shows poise and awareness in the pocket and he’s also comfortable under pressure. He makes every short and intermediate throw look easy and his deep ball has a feathery touch to it. He can drop a pass right where it needs to be between two defenders.
If Thompson is named the starter, he will immediately raise the ceiling of the offense and that’s not any slight to Brown, Ashford, or Butterfield, but I truly believe Thompson is a future pro and he has all the tools to make the Ducks better right away.
Mario Cristobal will realize that soon enough.