1. It was raining and windy out. So he wasn't great on a few throws, it happens to growing first time starters. Even big arm Braxton floated a couple deep balls from time to time. I hope MSU and every other opponent thinks JT can't throw a 30 yarder. He will make them pay if they do.
2. This offense doesn't need the deep ball. It did with Braxton and the only weapon being Devin Smith. Now there is Mike Thomas who can catch slants and sideline throws, Dontre Wilson who catches crossing patterns, Vannett/Heuermann....yes, TEs can catch and the pass to the RB in the flats. Braxton struggled with these throws, Barrett doesn't. Barrett doesn't need the long ball as much as Brax did.
3. MSU's defense isn't as good as it was last year. The Dline is good, but the secondary is beatable. MSU was able to contain (not shutdown) Braxton and the running game last year because they knew that A) Braxton was limited passing, B) the weapons weren't that good in the passing game and C) they had a shutdown corner in Dennard. Barrett isn't limited (and actually is okay on the deep ball, just not great) and has lots of weapons to use and Dennard's replacement is not as good.
4. Plus this tells me he can throw it far enough and with excellent accuracy,