correct, all short throws are not checkdowns. But like I said, statistically, he is overwhelming playing with 10 yards of field.
a trend that comes form camp, to preseason, to week 1.
you can't compete with good teams with that type of football. The Payton/Brady offense isn't a small ball passing scheme. That simply what Matt Rhule and his QBs are doing. That was built in with Teddy. Looks coached in for Darnold.
I think this is likely to change as the year goes on and is of no significant concern. Many of the routes out side of the first read are 5 to 10 yards down the field in Brady's system. I guess we will see.
He had multiple drops in that window of yardage... And our offense very clearly pulled back in the 2nd half... I think all 3 of his 20+ yard completions were also in the first half, although I could be wrong.
Finally, a checkdown is not the same as a designed short yardage throw to get YAC. This offense lives and breathes quick short passes by design. It is about working in the scheme and taking what the D gives you and letting your skill plays demonstrate their skill.