It seems to me that Denard has few deficiencies as a QB at this point, and the ones that come to mind are more mental than physical (i.e. some minor ball security problems while running the ball, decision-making issues like knowing when to tuck and run, etc).
However, there is one physical deficiency of his that sticks out to me - touch. His arm is very powerful, and that's great for throws 20 yards and under. However, it seems that when he tries to make throws longer than that, ones that require more touch, he's almost always long. That deficiency has been pretty consistent this season. Thus teams like Iowa playing a saftey ten yards behind the receiver on deep passes.
My question is, "Can touch be taught?" I tend to think you can gain a little more of it with a lot of practice, but for the most part it's unteachable. It's more of an innate athletic instinct, and I'm not sure how much progress Denard will be able to make on it. It's like the huge guy in high school who would punch you in a "just kidding around way", all the while not knowing that he hit you in a "I want to hurt you" way instead. Many of the people on this board tend to say that when Tate goes in, you get nothing new, just more throwing and less ground speed. I tend to disagree. I think one major advantage Tate brings is his touch on the long throws. That's why he's very dangerous on late drives that require a lot of throwing. I really hope Denard can get a better feel for deep balls, but I'm just not sure that you can practice your way into that skill.