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Tyrod Watch: Extensive passing heat map for Bills' QB through four games

Tyrod Taylor has had a fine start to his third season as the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback. As expected, the veteran signal-caller has been relatively "low volume" compared to his contemporaries. Right now, 30 quarterbacks have thrown more than the 99 passes Taylor has attempted through four games.

But also as Taylor has shown during his time in Western New York, he's been smart with the football and rather efficient when throwing it. He has just one interception on the season and is averaging 7.5 yards per attempt, the 10th-highest figure in football.

Let's take a look at how effective Taylor has been throwing to all parts of the field through Week Four.

(Bills stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

Tyrod Taylor passing heat map through four games

After many criticized Taylor for lacking effectiveness over the middle of the field, he's performed admirably there a quarter of the way through the season. Not counting his 12 passes to the middle beyond the line, he's 20 of 27 for 267 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (129.7 QB Rating) on his attempts between the numbers thus far.

He has yet to rekindle the magic of his tremendous year in 2015 as a downfield passer, as he's completed just five of 15 throws beyond 20 yards for 172 yards. That equates to a QB Rating of 77.6, the 20th-best out of 32 qualifying quarterbacks. PFF has credited Bills receivers with three drops on Taylor's deep passes, however.

Because the Bills have faced many stacked boxes, oftentimes teams have utilized just one deep safety in the middle of the field. That's likely a big reason why Taylor has yet to attempt a pass beyond 20 yards over the middle.

Through four games, from 0-19 yards, Taylor has completed 43 of 59 passes for 434 yards (7.35 yards per attempt) with five touchdowns, one interception and a QB Rating of 114.6.

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