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Tyrod Watch: Escapability Index vs. Bengals, five-game update, plus time-to-throw numbers

Tyrod Taylor's escapability was held in check by the Bengals front seven on Sunday.

In fact, it was the Bills quarterback's least impressive performance of the 2017 season in terms of avoiding sacks relative to how many he took.

Against the Bengals in Week Five, Taylor's escapability formula was as follows:

  • Escapes: 1
  • Sacks: 6
  • Escapability Index: -5

In Cincinnati, Taylor was not only kept in the pocket by the defense more than in any other game this season, he also seemed more willing to read through his progressions from the pocket than usual. That combination led to Buffalo's signal-caller having a significantly difficult time eluding pressure and escaping sacks.

Through four games, Taylor's escapability formula is as follows:

  • Escapes: 8
  • Sacks: 13
  • Escapability Index: -5

What this means is Taylor has taken five more sacks than he's "escaped" through five games. Before the brutal outing against the Bengals, Taylor had an Escapability Index of 0, as he'd escaped seven sacks and was taken to the turf behind the line on seven occasions.

Through five games, he's been pressured on 38.6 percent of his dropbacks, the eight-highest figure among 32 qualifying quarterbacks. Of his 18 sacks, Pro Football Focus has assigned him responsible for five of them.

Time to throw

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

In Week Five, Taylor's average time before each pass was 2.83 seconds, the fifth-slowest time among qualifying quarterbacks. He's currently averaging 2.73 seconds before releasing the ball, which is also the fifth-slowest time in football.

The four quarterbacks with slower release times are Jacoby Brissett, Russell Wilson, DeShone Kizer and DeShaun Watson. Jared Goff and Dak Prescott have the sixth and seventh slowest times at this juncture.

Taylor is still getting the ball out quicker this season than he did in 2016. Through five outings last year, Taylor had a release time of 2.92, which was the slowest time by 0.14 seconds. Aaron Rodgers was second-slowest at 2.78 seconds.

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