I think you are correct but would add that "desperation" plays a role.
I also think people were impressed with his college play. Especially the year he beat Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Miss State and Oklahoma State. I do wonder where he would have gone in the draft without his off the field issues and being banned from the combine.
His strengths were pretty good coming into the draft.
Will fit passes into tight windows
Flashes field vision
Can make all the throws required
Throws a catchable ball
Can pick up yards on the ground
Can hurt defenses on the ground
I did want to see him play in the last game last season. However, I am not gonna say he should be the starter. A fair shake in training camp, yes, but he hasn't proven anything in the NFL to be a starter. It's good he hasn't been caught doing anything stupid yet, but we'll see come preseason.