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Tyrod Watch: Taylor's calmness in pocket vs. Falcons, context behind highest time to throw of season

Tyrod Taylor had another game in which he showcased excellent calmness in the pocket and poise between the tackles against the Falcons in Week Four.

After Week One, I introduced "One-Read-Then-Run," a Taylor-centric statistic that would attempt to quantify how often he quickly abandons being a passer and turns into a runner.

Here's my thought behind the creation of this metric:

"Pertaining to Taylor's advancement as a passer, the fewer ORTR plays, the better. This metric won't be perfect, because we can't see Taylor's eyes as they look down the field, but if it's glaringly obvious that he checks his first progression then drops his head to begin to run (and crosses the line of scrimmage), it'll be counted as an ORTR."

Taylor vs. Falcons

ORTR: 1

The lone ORTR against Atlanta came when Taylor looked to his right, felt some pressure then ran out of a hole in the pocket to the left.

Beyond that, Taylor didn't seem overly antsy whatsoever. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison worked in some designed runs — some read option — for his mobile quarterback, and at the end of the game Taylor was utilized on  an outside rush and slid down in bounds to keep the clock running with the Bills up seven points.

ORTR through four games: 4

Time to throw

(Time To Throw stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

In Week Four, Taylor averaged 2.96 seconds before throwing the football, the highest among 32 qualifying quarterbacks. It was also the highest time-to-throw average the Bills quarterback has had thus far in the 2017 season.

Some of that figure was due to the variety of Taylor's play-action bootleg tosses against the Falcons.

On plays in which he held the ball for 2.6 seconds or more, he completed seven of 12 attempts and had one touchdown. His passer rating on those snaps was 124.3, the fourth-highest figure on those passes.

Through four games, Taylor's average time to throw is 2.70, which is the sixth-slowest among those 32 qualifying signal-callers.

He's still ahead of his release time from a season ago. In 2016, after Week Four, Taylor averaged 2.91 seconds before throwing the football. At the time, it was the highest figure in football.

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